We’ve known for some time that watching violent scenes on TV can desensitize kids to real-world violence and sometimes lead to more aggressive behavior. But what about watching “relational aggression”―that is, social unkindness―on TV? A new study seems to indicate that watching nasty characters on television also impacts the way viewers think and behave.
- When was the last time you saw someone acting in a mean way on a television show? What happened?
- What goes through your mind when you see someone acting nasty toward others on TV?
- Some people say that watching bullies on TV makes kids more likely to act like bullies in real life. What do you think?
- TV is fake, and TV characters often act mean just to be funny or just to make the story more interesting. Why might it be dangerous to act the same way in your real life as characters do on TV?
- Ephesians 4:32 encourages us to, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Does that mean we should never watch a TV show where someone is mean? Defend your answer.
- There’s a saying that goes: “Just because you see it, doesn’t mean you have to imitate it.” How might that help you follow Ephesians 4:32 next time you watch TV?