Media violence

Pediatr Clin North Am. 1998 Apr;45(2):319-31. doi: 10.1016/s0031-3955(05)70008-0.


American media are the most violent in the world, and American society is now paying a high price in terms of real life violence. Research has confirmed that mass media violence contributes to aggressive behavior, fear, and desensitization of violence. Television, movies, music videos, computer/video games are pervasive media and represent important influences on children and adolescents. Portraying rewards and punishments and showing the consequences of violence are probably the two most essential contextual factors for viewers as they interpret the meaning of what they are viewing on television. Public health efforts have emphasized public education, media literacy campaign for children and parents, and an increased use of technology to prevent access to certain harmful medial materials.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Communications Media*
  • Humans
  • Music
  • Persuasive Communication*
  • Radio
  • Stereotyping
  • Television
  • Time Factors
  • United States
  • Violence*