How does media violence affect children's health?

More research has been done on media violence than on any other media topic. On this website, you can learn what 50 years of research has shown about the three main effects of media violence:

  • Fear and anxiety - many children become scared or nervous by what they see in the media

  • Desensitization - the more a person sees violence, the less they are shocked by it over time

  • Aggression - children learn that violence is a good way to solve conflicts


You can also see suggestions for lessening the negative effects of media violence.


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