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Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill: A Call to Action against TV, Movie & Video Game Violence

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There is perhaps no bigger or more important issue in America at present than youth violence. Jonesboro; Paducah; Pearl, Mississippi; Stamps, Arkansas; Conyers, Georgia; and, of course, Littleton, Colorado. We know them all too well, and for all the wrong reasons: kids, some as young as eleven years old, taking up arms and, with deadly, frightening accuracy, murdering anyone in their paths. What is going on? According to the authors of Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill, there is blame to be laid right at the feet of the makers of violent video games (called "murder trainers" by one expert), the TV networks, and the Hollywood movie studios--the people responsible for the fact that children witness literally thousands of violent images a day.

Authors Lt. Col. Dave Grossman and Gloria DeGaetano offer incontrovertible evidence, much of it based on recent major scientific studies and empirical research, that movies, TV, and video games are not just conditioning children to be violent--and unaware of the consequences of that violence--but are teaching the very mechanics of killing. Their book is a much-needed call to action for every parent, teacher, and citizen to help our children and stop the wave of killing and violence gripping America's youth. And, most important, it is a blueprint for us all on how that can be achieved.

In Paducah, Kentucky, Michael Carneal, a fourteen-year-old boy who stole a gun from a neighbor's house, brought it to school and fired eight shots at a student prayer group as they were breaking up. Prior to this event, he had never shot a real gun before. Of the eight shots he fired, he had eight hits on eight different kids. Five were head shots, the other three upper torso. The result was three dead, one paralyzed for life. The FBI says that the average, experienced, qualified law enforcement officer, in the average shootout, at an average range of seven yards, hits with less than one bullet in five. How does a child acquire such killing ability? What would lead him to go out and commit such a horrific act?

Synopsis:

Argues that violence in media and games conditions children to take it for granted as an acceptable part of life, and trains them to be successful instigators of violence

Synopsis:

Lt. Col. Dave Grossman is the author of On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and in Society. As a West Point

psychology professor and professor of military science, Grossman trains medical and health professionals on how to deal with and prevent killing. He was the lead trainer for mental health professionals in the aftermath of the Jonesboro shootings, and has been a lead witness in several murder cases, including that of Timothy McVeigh and Michael Carneal.

Gloria DeGaetano is a nationally recognized educator in the field of media violence, and the author of the critically acclaimed Screen Smarts: A Family Guide to Media Literacy.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments — Introduction — "Observations from Jonesboro, Arkansas" / by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman — "Paying attention to the evidence" / by Gloria DeGaetano — It's a violent world after all — Not just a "toaster with pictures" — Pretending to be Freddy Krueger — "It's important to feel something when you kill" — Don't just stand there ... do something! — A definition of media violence — Voices of concern about on-screen violence — A chronology of major findings, statements, and actions on media violence, 1952-1999 — Where to voice your concerns — Media literacy and violence prevention organizations — Notes — Selected bibliography — Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307429452
Subtitle:
A Call to Action against TV, Movie & Video Game Violence
Publisher:
Crown Publishers
Author:
Grossman, Dave Lt Col
Author:
Grossman, Dave
Author:
DeGaetano, Gloria
Author:
Dave Grossman
Author:
Gloria DeGaetano
Subject:
Family & Relationships : Parenting - General
Subject:
Violence in literature
Subject:
Violence in mass media
Subject:
Public Policy
Subject:
Children and violence
Subject:
Education
Subject:
Mass Media - Electronics Media
Subject:
Mass media and children
Subject:
Television and children
Subject:
Violence on television
Subject:
Public Policy - General
Subject:
Mâedias et enfants
Subject:
Tâelâevision et enfants
Subject:
Violence áa la tâelâevision
Subject:
Enfants et violence
Subject:
Jeux vidâeo et enfants
Subject:
Cinâema et enfants
Subject:
Violence
Subject:
Media Studies - Electronic Media
Subject:
Parenting
Subject:
Child Care and Parenting-Abuse and Safety Issues
Subject:
Child Care and Parenting-General
Subject:
Journalism - General
Subject:
Sociology-Media
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
19991005
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
196

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"Synopsis" by , Argues that violence in media and games conditions children to take it for granted as an acceptable part of life, and trains them to be successful instigators of violence
"Synopsis" by , Lt. Col. Dave Grossman is the author of On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and in Society. As a West Point

psychology professor and professor of military science, Grossman trains medical and health professionals on how to deal with and prevent killing. He was the lead trainer for mental health professionals in the aftermath of the Jonesboro shootings, and has been a lead witness in several murder cases, including that of Timothy McVeigh and Michael Carneal.

Gloria DeGaetano is a nationally recognized educator in the field of media violence, and the author of the critically acclaimed Screen Smarts: A Family Guide to Media Literacy.

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