NEW 2015 RESOURCES
Violence in the Media Theme Page
This "Theme Page" has links to two types of information related to the study of Violence in the Media. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are also links to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme. Please read our disclaimer.
Peace Through Play
- "Building Peace Through Play (BPTP) is a non-profit organization of parents
and educators, concerned about the violence promoted by some television shows
and their spin-off toys. Through public education initiatives, the group encourages
peaceful alternatives to violent and aggressive play"
and Television Violence
- This reprint of an article written by John P. Murray for Kansas Journal
of Law & Public Policy, reviews the history of concern about violence in tv,
summarizes research into the issue, and considers the ways in which our society
deals with the issue of television violence.
& TV Violence
- The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry outlines the impact
of violence on TV on children's behaviour.
Away At Violence
- An article in "Michigan Today" presenting Professor of Psychology Leonard
Eron's perspective on the inability of the V-Chip to make much of a difference
in the issue of children being exposed to violence on T.V.
Hearing on Violence in Television Programming
- An index of issues raised at the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications
Commission (CRTC) public hearing on violence in television. Links to sites
concerning the issues include: Background to the Hearing; What was the Hearing
About; What People Said; Submissions and Presentations; and Policy on Violence
in Television Programming.
'Fun': Youth Need Help to Process Messages of Sex and Violence
- A teacher of media studies in Waterloo, Ontario, emphasizes the importance
to study and deconstruct violent and sexually explicit materials as a way
to reduce their potential impact on individuals. Students will quickly learn
to recognize how scenes of "reality" are created through the effects of specially
designed camera shots and special effects.
- This Canadian site is a support network for media education. You'll find
links to information on media news, media literacy ideas for parents, resources
and lesson plans for teachers, children's media, media issues, media industries,
and government. The two buttons below link to pages which provide teaching
lessons and units, ideas for classroom activities, supporting resources, and
additional teaching resources from the site.
Mediascope-Media Policy Clearinghouse
- Mediascope contains a number of articles identifying issues of concern
in the media. The following articles summarize issues of violence in T.V.
- "This chronology provides a brief history of Canadian federal government
initiatives relating to media violence and responses from the Canadian television
industry. Many of the documents mentioned can be found in the Media Violence
section of the Media Awareness Network web site."
Violence in Children's Lives
- This article by the National Association for the Education of Young Children
advocates a public policy to set standards regarding violence content in media
Television and Violence
- Lesson activities, designed for grades 7-12, in which students record,
analyze, and interpret data on television violence.
- The American Psychological Association summarizes what research shows about
children's aggressive behaviour and its relationship with violence programs
on television. It also has information on what children learn and what parents
Voluntary Code Regarding Violence in Television
- The Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) have adopted this code as
a set of guidelines for T.V. and radio programming that have violent scenes.
The code has 35 guidelines which specify banning scenes that glamorize violence,
controlling scenes that require sensitivity about violence to woman and minorities,
posting required viewer advisories for scenes intended for adults only, and
identifying children's programming that must follow specific rules if it has
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