Join the appeal to curb TV violence
The following are excerpts from the appeal
the proposition that entertainment violence adversely influences attitudes and behavior is
no longer controversial; there is overwhelming evidence of its harmful effects. Numerous
studies show that degrading images of violence and sex have a desensitizing effect.
Nowhere is the threat greater than to our at-risk youth--youngsters whose broken homes or
disadvantaged environments make them acutely susceptible to acting upon impulses shaped by
violent and dehumanizing media imagery."
"In recent years, several top
entertainment executives have spoken out, laudably, on the need for minimum standards and,
more recently, on the desirability of more family-friendly programming. But to effect real
change, these individual expressions must be translated into a new, collective affirmation
of social responsibility on the part of the media industry as a whole."
"We are not advocating censorship or
wholesale strictures on artistic creativity. We are not demanding that all entertainment
be geared to young children. Finally, we are not asking government to police the media.
Rather, we are asking the entertainment industry to assume a decent minimum of
responsibility for its own actions and to take some modest steps of self-restraint. And we
are asking parents to help in this task, not just by taking responsibility for shielding
their own children, but also by making their concerns known to media executives and
"Hollywood has an enormous influence on
America, particularly the young. By making a concerted effort to turn its energies to
promoting decent, shared values and strengthening American families, the entertainment
industry has it within its power to help make an America worthy of the Third Millennium.
We, leaders from government, the religious community, the nonprofit world, and the private
sector--and members of the entertainment community--challenge the entertainment industry
to this great task. We appeal to those who are reaping great profits to give something
back. We believe that by choosing to do good, the entertainment industry can also make
good--and both the industry and our society will be richer and better as a result."
To view the appeal in full and sign the petition;
Appeal to Hollywood
are willing to be part of the solution, or in need of help, here
are some links to sites that are trying to head off violence.
BC INSTITUTE AGAINST FAMILY
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PREVENTION - ON
CENTER FOR THE STUDY AND
PREVENTION OF VIOLENCE
NATIONAL COALITION ON TELEVISION VIOLENCE
PERSONAL PLANNING - LINKS
has links to sites with help on violence, depression, suicide
prevention, child abduction, child abuse, drug and alcohol abuse,