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US Surgeon General: TV violence controversy in the same context as smoking and lung cancer. – Parentas Against Media Violence

Its effects are measurable and long lasting. Moreover, prolonged viewing of media violence can lead to emotional desensitization toward violence in real life.
The conclusion of the public health community, based on over 30 years of research, is that viewing entertainment violence can lead to increases in aggressive attitudes, values and behavior, particularly in children. – AAP/AACAP/APA/AMA

Why You Should Act Now – The Justification

There are more than 1,000 studies on record addressing the subject of media violence and its adverse impact on children.

Two key reports help us understand the adverse impact of violent content in media targeted at children. These latest reports (Jul. 2000 and Jan. 2001) are from internationally renowned American medical, psychological institutes, academies, associations and the office of US Surgeon General.

Report One

Landmark joint statement entitled The Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children (Jul. 20, 2000) by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), the American Psychological Association (APA), the American Medical Association (AMA), the American Academy of FamilyPhysicians (AAFP) and the American Psychiatric Association (APA). Click the link below:

AAFP/ APA Report

Report Two

Report is from the office of United States Surgeon General entitled Violence in the Media and Its Effect on Youth Violence (Jan. 17, 2001).

Extracts from the above reports are presented it in a question/answer format, for clarity.  Questions (from parents) are in bold followed by answers from the report- Click the link below:

United States Surgeon General Report 

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