posted on Nov, 19 2012 @ 12:35 AM
The op has equated that with young children, horror and thriller movies and violent media could be construed as a possible form of child abuse.
As many are stating, that it is not. While it may seem that the children are desensitized to the acts of violence, cause it is what they see in such,
(TV, Movies, and video games) at the same time chooses to ignore the media of the past. And in some cities, just going outside, children would be
confronted with every day violence of the streets, from gang warfare, to drive by’s, seeing friends and family killed from senseless violence, or
outright made to feel unwelcome in their own neighborhoods.
If I look back to my childhood and that of my parents, to even that of my grandparents, there has always been horror and violence in one form or
another. Books are filled with such, the classic horror stories have been around. Any person who is faithful would have been scared at the prospect
of say eternal damnation. Crimes have occurred some of the criminals of the time were terrifying.
If you go back, there was at one time Radio, take a look at the classic theater of the mind production of the War of the Worlds. Then what about the
movie serials and shows. From what I understand Lugosi and Chaney were masters of their craft and scaring the audience with their performance. Even
some of the villains from Disney films were pretty scary to young children.
Violence, here again, has been around with the advent of film, and TV. Take a look at most cartoons from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Those were
pretty violent in their own right. Tom and Jerry, Loony Tunes, and other such media showed violence on one form or another. Yet parents have sat
their children down in front of the TV screen and let it entertain the children. Even comic books were in on such, scaring children with pictures of
monsters and villains of all sorts and sizes.
Everyone is different and how we deal with what we see is ultimately how we are brought up. The more correct question is if the children understand
the difference between fiction and reality. It is not child abuse, nor should it be considered such. Child abuse is much different, and the
federal government is as much to blame for such as the parents are. Have to protect the children, shelter and keep them immune to activities where
they could get hurt, or their feelings hurt. That will have more damage in the long run than any violent tv or movie that the children would see.
And if you think that is so wrong, then how is it that it is discouraged for children going out to play and the rise of say diabetes among
Then again, asking first graders about a point in history that most would not even get until they were studying post roman history, say the medieval
events, such as the total and deliberate persecution and elimination of the Templar knights is a bit unfair.