Potential Impacts of Our Children Viewing Violence

“This blog is directed to parents and care-takers of children and adolescents.  In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and other incidents of violence in our country, it is incumbent on us that we become more observant of our children (regardless of their age) and how they spend their time.  Viewing and interacting with violence on TV, video games, or on the computer has the potential to increase a child’s tendency to accept and demonstrate the scenes that your child is viewing.  As parents our job is to instruct and guide, not to give into a child’s request for artificial devices for distraction or comfort.  Be an assertive parent!  Draw a line in the sand and limit what your child watches regarding violence; be aware of how your child spends his or her time.”

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4 Responses to Potential Impacts of Our Children Viewing Violence

  1. Libby Love says:

    We need to be more in tune to our own children and what they are doing. It takes a lot of energy to be a good parent…Do we monitor who our children hang out with, do we acknowledge behavior changes and seek the reasons for the changes.

    Do we as parents set high enough expectations for our children and follow through with them or do we just let them push the line in the sand and give in to what they want?

    Part of raising an assertive child is being an assertive parent yourself. They do mimic what they see and you are their first line of defense when it comes to that. They do what you do.

  2. JLH says:

    As a teacher of middle school students with special needs, it is necessary to teach self-advocacy skills and not support students in self-defeating behaviors or in “learned helplessness.” Also, parents need to join with teachers to teach self-advocacy skills and not reinforce enabling behaviors. R U Assertive? has been a good book in my classroom to teach students skills for strengthening their self-confidence and their ability to speak for themselves. JLH

  3. Trudy Sowa says:

    As a parent, I have very little support from other parents or institutions regarding limiting the violence that my child views on television, with video games, etc. What steps can I take regarding this situation?

    • Gloria says:

      One of the strengths of assertive skills is clarity. This refers to knowing what you want, what may be best for you, and trying to live your beliefs. Use assertive skills in aligning the previous issues to your parenting skills. I recommend limiting video and computer games to one hour a day. Think about what your child is missing during video/computer time. Is there a better use of your child’s time? How are your child’s grades? Does your child have good peer relationships? How strong is your child’s self-esteem? Consider constructive uses of your child’s time and act accordingly.

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