Bushman on Media Violence, Children and Gun Safety

May 24, 2019
Dr. Brad J. Bushman

Brad Bushman, professor of communication and psychology, shares how violent media affects the way children interact with guns.

Bushman cites his 2017 study, which found that if guns are not kept locked up, children will find them and play with them. And violent media has an impact on this.

Exposure even to mild violence "increased the likelihood that children would engage in dangerous behavior around guns," said Bushman.

Young children are especially impressionable, he said.

"We know that children who see movie characters drink alcohol, they're more likely to drink alcohol themselves. And kids who see movie characters smoking are more likely to smoke cigarettes themselves," said Bushman.

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