Publisher: Rivers State University of Science and Technology

Television Violence and Children'S Aggressive Behaviour: An Appraisal of Nigerian Social Milieu

Ray A. Udeajah, Endwell Onyinye Nyekwere
KEYWORDS: attitude, behaviour, children, model, television, violence, sex


Television has been accused of being partly responsible for children's aggressive behaviour over the years. The case is that violence and sex have both been so glamorized in television programmes that children now perceive them as acceptable standard of behaviour. This is because most of them, young and inexperienced, could hardly distinguish between fantasy and reality, thereby resorting to trying out what they have watched on television. The consequences are often unpleasant. The aggressive cues theory and the observational learning theory constituted the theoretical anchor for this study, which utilized questionnaire and interview as instruments of data collection. The researchers surveyed 300 students and 60 teachers from purposively selected secondary schools in South-East and South-South geo-political zones of Nigeria. The work x-rayed the extent to which these violent television contents influenced the behaviour of children, the role played by parents and social institutions like schools, churches and peer groups, and the role of such regulatory bodies like the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC) in ensuring that children are insulated from these violent television contents. It recommends that violence should go concomitant with punishment in children's programmes to discourage children from such acts.

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