Parents Upset About TV Violence

By: Elizabeth Donatelli Email
By: Elizabeth Donatelli Email

January 11, 2006

A group of parents are calling on the media to clean-up their act and stop the violence on television.

The non-profit Parents Television Council has reviewed shows and say the violence poses a growing threat the children. Of the shows it reviewed, 13 minutes of every hour in primetime was violent. They also say it's more graphic and a new trend includes a sexual element--more rapists and sexual predators.

Their study shows violence up in all of the primetime hours starting at 8 p.m. and moving up throughout 10 p.m., which has the largest increase since 1998.

The group found that last season 49 percent of shows contained it looked at violence, 56 percent was person on person and 54 percent had a description of death.

"The Associated Press said the body count in primetime television these days rivals that of a war zone making network tv home to an astonishing amount of blood and guts," said Tim Winter of Parents Television Council.

The FCC Commissioner said if the industry doesn't "step-up" Congress may decide to step in.

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