Is Violent Media Good for Kids?
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Is Violent Media Good for Kids?

Hot Springs Village : AR : USA | Jul 29, 2009 at 5:53 PM PDT
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In Violent Media is Good for Kids, Gerard Jones states and tries to prove that violent media is indeed good for children. He attempts this by saying that he believes, he grew up too passive because he was sheltered from the media. Upon hearing that the media has "lofty messages of pacifism and tolerance" (par. 2), his mother borrowed some comics for him to read. After reading the comics he said that he followed Hulk for a while then switched to "more sophisticated heroes" (par. 3), and "finally found my own lead along a twisting path to a career and an identity." (par. 3) Later on, his son was afraid to climb a tree, so Jones read the stories of Tarzan to his son. About a week or two later, his son was climbing trees. (par. 4) He also gives other examples of children who used violent media to overcome their stressful and hurtful lives. (par. 9-11) "When we try to protect our children from their own feelings and fantasies, we shelter them not against violence but against power and selfhood. (par. 13)" Jones is right to say this, violent media can help kids if it is used in the right way rather than being abused. In recent years there's been dispute about whether or not children should view, or listen to violent media. In "Violent Media is Good for Kids" Gerard Jones says that we should. "When we try to protect our children from their own feelings and fantasies, we shelter them not against violence but against power and selfhood." Jones is right to say this, violent media can help kids if it is used in the right way rather than being abused. He doesn't include statistics to back-up his arguments and that is a downfall of Jones's essay. He does however include examples as to why he believes that violent media is good for children. His examples my not be credible, but when you think about it he has a good point: violent media is good for kids if used the right way. So instead of trying to keep the kids away from the media we should teach them how to use it correctly so that it is productive rather than destructive. Many children will grow up like Jones and find themselves in the real world and know who they are if they were allowed access to the media. Jones admits that violent media isn't harmless and that it does inspire some children into doing real life violence, but goes on to say that it has helped more than it has harmed. Like Jones mentions, "When we try to protect our children from their own feelings and fantasies, we shelter them not against violence but against power and selfhood." I know, from personal experience, that when you grow up fearing to express your feelings because you're afraid that you're going to get in trouble either at home or at school, you bottle everything up inside you and don't let go of it easily. Its common knowledge that if you bottle something up for too long it is either going to come out some how, whether you want it to or not. So with this said, we all care for the children and how they behave. We all want the children to do well, and if teaching them to appreciate and appropriately use violent media to help build up confidence then so be it. Works Cited Jones, Gerard. "Violent Media is Good for Kids:. Mther Jones Online. 28 June 2000. 22 Sept. 2008, /

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