Why We Must Stop Exposing Our Children to Violence Dec 19, 2008
An increasing amount of research points to the harm we as a society are inflicting on vulnerable and impressionable children by exposing them to violence. Especially pernicious is the fact that violence is often presented as an acceptable means to solving problems, as this book makes clear multiple times. Even worse, the perpetrators rarely have to deal with the consequences of their violent actions. Col. Grossman points out that the perpetrators of the Jonesboro and Paducah tragedies similarly did not realize what their actions would bring. Video games take the problem of violence to a new level by actually rewarding the use of violent means.
The book cites the preliminary results of the National Television Violence Study, an important longitudinal research project; it is hoped that a future edition of this book will address this critical study more thoroughly.
The Southern Poverty Law Center recently addressed the problem of violence in children's programs and toys; the Center's findings concur with those of Col. Grossman.
Most important, this book provides appendices listing the addresses of media executives, video game producers, and toy manufacturers. Finally, the reader can turn to the list of media literacy and violence prevention organizations for more information.
All in all, it's a short book with an extremely important message.