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Blumberg, Fran C., Kristen P. Bierwirth, and Allison J. Schwartz. "Does cartoon violence beget aggressive behavior in real life? An opposing view." Early Childhood Education Journal 36. (2008): 101–04. 
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Resource type: Journal Article
Language: en: English
Peer reviewed
DOI: 10.1007/s10643-008-0280-1
BibTeX citation key: Blumberg2008
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Categories: General
Keywords: Animation, Children’s and young adults’ comics, Didactics, Media effects, Randformen des Comics, TV, Violence
Creators: Bierwirth, Blumberg, Schwartz
Collection: Early Childhood Education Journal
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A commonly accepted belief is that the violence depicted in television programs, particularly cartoons, has a negative impact on young children’s behavior. However, young children may be less inclined to emulate violent actions seen on television than currently thought. Research indicates that young children have limited comprehension of television content but relatively sophisticated moral reasoning. Children’s understanding of the immorality of violence on television and the distinction between reality and make-believe may mediate these effects, as may the comic aspect of cartoons they view. We review current research concerning the effects of cartoon violence on children’s moral understanding and behavior to with the goal of helping early childhood educators and parents make informed decisions about children’s television viewing.
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