Television is often cited as a cause of violent crime or behaviour. Usually, this connection is made in the context of the behaviour of young people - as another way of blaming them for the broader ills of society. It is rare, however, for even a single reference to television to be included in the index of reports on juvenile crime. Television, it seems, is presented as an increasingly influential force in society, even though there has been scant discussion on how it really influences the behaviour of young people. Brian Simpson seeks to redress the balance and investigates why television has become a welcome scape-goat.
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About the Author
Brian Simpson is Senior Lecturer in Law at Keele University. He teaches and researches in the area of child law and children's rights.
Table of Contents
1. Forces that shape children and television law: market versus regulation2. Legal discourse and the regulation of the relationship between children and television3. Regulating the relationship between children and television4. Images that harm? Children and violence in television5. The sexualised world of television and children6. Ads, fads and green tomato sauce: advertising to the child7. The 'new' legal discourse: children's rights and television in the interactive age