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Protecting Children from Exposure to Violence in the Media Children and adolescents in the United States are exposed to violence in growing amounts Annually. This may seem to be an obvious statement, however, look at the following: The average child watches 21 to 23 hours of TV each week. This means that by the time that this child reaches age 70, he will have spent 7 to a decade in front of the television. And with routine Saturday morning children's television containing about 20 to 25 acts of violence per hour, so it is no wonder that the ordinary person has viewed around 200,000 acts of violence by the time he reaches 18 years of age. And while tragedies such as Columbine cannot be explained simply by attributing media violence, but it now seems to be among the most easily correctable contributing variables. The entertainment industry has claimed a stance that there is no connection between media and real-life violence. And yet, scientific studies that amount in the hundreds have reasoned that there isn't just an immediate connection, but children repeatedly subjected to this type of violence shed the capability to discriminate between real-life and amusement violence and have a tendency to accept violence as an acceptable means to solve even complex problems. The remedy to this dilemma is somewhat complicated due to the multiple parties involved. Health care providers need to inform their patients and the public about the real consequences that these media messages deliver. The entertainment business should.