n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Rating violence on the web

Volume 13, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



It is postulated that juvenile violence is one of the biggest problems facing societies in the new millennium. Contributing factors to the problem of juvenile violence include the violence that children are watching on television, at the movies, the music they are listening to, unrestricted use of the Internet, violent video games and violent coin-up games [Chilton 1997]. A recent statement, based on 30 years of research, from four national American health organisations namely the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Psychological Association and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, concluded that a direct link does exist between violence in the media and violence by children (Vermaakgeweld lei tot meer aggressie 2000:3).

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