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Childhood Development, Behavior and Media Influences

Please answer the following questions:

1. Discuss how watching television and playing video games contribute to the development of aggression and other antisocial behaviors.

2. Discuss the nature and significance of rough and tumble and sociodramatic play during the play years.

3. Differentiate four types of aggression during the play years, and explain why certain types of aggression are more troubling to developmentalists.

4. Describe the relationship between Erik Erikson's third stage and the development of the self concept.

Please be concise in about 3-4 paragraphs in length if possible. Please include references. Thanks.

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RESPONSE:

1. Discuss how watching television and playing video games contribute to the development of aggression and other antisocial behaviors.

The television and video game violence can cause actual aggression (violence) and antisocial behaviors (e.g, fighting, etc.) in children in a number of ways, such as:

? After viewing television violence the world becomes bland in comparison. The child needs to create violence to keep himself satisfied (Dorr 127) (6).

? Also the children find the violent characters on television fun to imitate. Children do imitate the behavior of models such as those portrayed in television, movies, etc. They do so because the ideas that are shown to them on television are more attractive to the viewer than those the viewer can think up himself. This has been widely seen lately with the action figures, such as the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. Young children cannot seem to get enough of these fictional characters and will IMITATE and portray them often.

? Another reason why television violence causes violence in children is apparent in the big cities. "Aggressive behavior was more acceptable in the city, where a child's popularity rating with classmates was not hampered by his or her aggression" (Huesmann 166) (7). In the bigger cities, crime and violence is inevitable, expected and, therefore, is left unchecked and out of line.

According to one study, for example, preschoolers who watch television violence and play violent video games are more likely to show high levels of aggression and antisocial behavior than those not exposed, according to a new study. Specifically, parents of 79 children ages two to six were asked about their children's behavior. Children who watched television violence and/or played violent video games several times a week or more were classified as "frequently exposed." They found that the frequently exposed children were 11 times more likely to display ...

Solution Summary

This solution discusses how watching television and playing video games contribute to the development of aggression and other antisocial behaviors. It also discusses the nature and significance of rough and tumble and sociodramatic play during the play years. This solution then differentiates four types of aggression during the play years, and explains why certain types of aggression are more troubling to developmentalists. Finally, it describes the relationship between Erik Erikson's third stage and the development of the self-concept.

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