In contemporary society, a wide variety of violent content is reaching children through a variety of media including television, movies, and video games. Often, exposure to violence occurs with little adult or parental supervision. Several content analyses have examined the amount and content of violence on television. These analyses have shown that as of the late 1990s nearly two-thirds of the programs on television contained some amount of violence. There are no comparable figures for movies or video games because there is no central source or collection of programming; however, a variety of content analyses investigations examining the most popular video games, for example, appear to point to the same findings—violence is prevalent in these formats.

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