Hollywood violence targets teens

Hollywood is continuing to target teens with appallingly violent movies.  Why are we so surprised then when an act of absolute horror is committed such as Columbine or the VT massacre?  As I recently commented, criminal offenses by teens are becoming more and more violent in nature.  Our children are becoming completely de-sensitized to violence through the garbage that Hollywood cleverly packages to them. 

Parents must do a better job of overseeing what movies their children are watching.  If parents stop allowing their children to view ultra violent movies than Hollywood will quit making them.  An excellent tool for parents to use to “pre-screen” movie content is the movie review section of the Focus on the Family website.  To check it out click here.

From Parent Dish. 

“A new study, published in Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, found that, of the top grossing PG-13 films of 1999 and 2000, nearly 90% featured multiple acts of violence — the average was 29 violent acts per film. Approximately half of these were “executed with deadly force.”

Seven films — Little Nicky; Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me; The World Is Not Enough; Charlie’s Angels; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; The Mummy; Mission: Impossible 2; and Shanghai Noon — had more than 100 violent acts. Shanghai Noon, “a wildly hilarious, stunt-filled action-adventure comedy,” according to its promotional materials, topped the list at 263.”

To read the study click here.

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