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Internet Violence, Influence on Society

  • By: Paul Skalski
  • In: Encyclopedia of Media Violence
  • Edited by: Matthew S. Eastin
  • Subject:Mass Communication, Aggression & Violence, Violence & Society

The Internet offers immediate access to just about any type of media violence imaginable. The web offers uncensored violent writings, photos, videos, and games all within a single medium, giving it an unprecedented amount of violent content. Among adolescent users, immediate access to such content is also harder to supervise. With Internet connections on laptops and personal computers that are often housed in the privacy of an adolescent’s bedroom, along with the addition of Internet access on cell phones, parental policing of the Internet activity of today’s youths can be far more difficult than policing their television viewing, the books they read, the console video games they play, and any further adolescent usage of other traditional media. Moreover, the interactive nature of the Internet encourages ...

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