Television Violence Contributing to Crimes in the Schoolyard? Local Station Offers Family Friendly Programming, Bucking the Trend Towards Violence

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Television violence is shown to contribute to aggression and violence in children. Recent schoolyard bullying and a stabbing in Calgary AB is just a small sign of aggression among youth. Crossroads Television Systems in Calgary, Edmonton AB and Burlington ON Canada bucks the trend by offering family-friendly programming allowing families to watch television together without the blood and guts.

September may bring fond memories of back to school, apples for some parents - but for many others it instead fosters fear for their children's safety. Schoolyard bullying and violence is on the increase and many are asking why?

"Our society has simply forgotten how we differ from the families of the 50's" say Richard Landau, Executive Director for Crossroads Televisions Systems. "We allow our children to watch hours of unsupervised TV every day - including shows depicting death and violence in very graphic ways. At CTS, we have bucked that trend and focus on shows with family values."

With thousands of reports on the effects of television and how it adversely affects children, the most astonishing report is one from 1992 where TV Guide commissioned a study of a typical 18-hour TV broadcast day to determine levels of violence. There were 1,846 acts of violence in 18 hours.

Landau and thousands of experts agree - violence on television promotes violence.

"This is the reason we promote family friendly television" he says. "Between the hours of 3:00 pm and 8:00 p.m., we host shows like the sitcom 'Happy Days' and 'Laverne and Shirley' as well as family dramas like '7th Heaven'. These shows are fun and family friendly where parents do not have to explain that a violent death portrayed on a show is only fictional. In fact many of these shows have moral lessons in their story line."

Canada was one of the first countries to extensively research this issue. The results of their studies prompted some of their engineers to devise the "V-Chip" which allows parents to lock out TV programming they consider objectionable.

But Landau and others think television can be entertaining without the violence. He maintains that CTS will continue to offer television programming without violence despite the trend towards blood and guts.

About CTS:
Crossroads Television Systems was launched 10 years ago in Hamilton Ontario. On June 8, 2007, the CRTC approved Crossroads' application for new television stations to serve the Calgary and Edmonton markets. Respectively, these are CKCS-TV, which broadcasts on cable 51, and CKES-TV, which broadcasts on cable 51; both stations launched on October 8, 2007. Founder, David Mainse is to receive a "Lifetime of Integrity in Life and Ministry" award from the Canadian Council of Christian Charities on September 24th at a banquet in Calgary AB.

Contact information:
Regional Director of Production Richard Landau can be contacted at 403-263-3191 or 905-299-7777, or at email address rlandau @ ctstv.com.

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