Influence of Mass Media on Children’s Aggression

Lately, psychologists have to face very distorted children’s behavior. From one hand there is constraint and speech underdevelopment. From another hand there is strong aggression. Such kid feels shy to answer a question, but is not afraid of making faces in front of adults. These children are hyper-active, inattentive and absolutely uncontrolled. These kids adore action movies and refuse watching normal cartoons. The children can’t imagine their lives without computer and TV.

Negative influence of media on children’s development is obvious for specialists:

1.Modern art changes and deforms kid’s psychic and influences imagination giving new sets and models of behavior. False and dangerous values such as “culture” of strength, aggression and rude behavior burst into children’s consciousness. All this leads to hyperexcitability in kids.

2.Western cartoons focus on aggression. Numerous repetition of scenes of sadism when the main character hurts someone causes fixation on aggression in children and provokes congruent models of behavior.

3.Children repeat what they see on the screen, this is consequence of identification. When identifying themselves with a violent cartoon creature whose behavior is not reproached, children start imitating and adopt aggressive models of behavior.

4.Atmosphere of video market is penetrated with killers, rapists, wizards and other characters you would never communicate with in real life. And kids see all these things on TV screens. Children’s’ consciousness is not protected with a life experience that allows distinguishing real and relative. Everything children see is a reality that imprints into their minds. TV screen with violence have replaced grandmothers and mothers, reading, introduction into culture.

5.According to numerous media reviews (, the main danger of TV is connected with suppression of will and consciousness – just the same as drugs do. One of the American psychologists says that long-term contemplation of a material, tires eyes and creates hypnotic stupor. After certain period of influence flashes of light, twinkling and certain rhythm start interacting with brain Alfa-rhythms on which ability to focus attention depends. All these things disorganize brain rhythmics which causes disturbed attention syndrome and hyperactivity.

6.Computer and TV steal childhood from kids. Instead of active games, going through real emotions and feelings and communication with peers and parents, self-cognition through the live world, children spend hours in front of the TV and computer screens.

Parents are the only people who can save their kids from being infected with mass media virus. One of the most important recommendations psychologists give is that you parents should strictly control what their children watch. Look through media reviews to make sure your kid’s favorite TV channel is safe and can offer something more worthy than an action movie or cartoon filled with scenes of violence.