"And yet one-third of Americans believes that crimes by adults are on the increase and two-thirds believe that juvenile crime is on the increase.Saturation coverage of the acts of a few violent kids, he says, is distorting and skewing the nation's understanding of crime: 'Yes, 13 kids were killed at Columbine. But, by comparison, every two days 11 children die at home at the hands of their parents or guardians'" (40-1).
This has my mother written all over it. She's one of those people that read's quick snippets of information and exposes herself to media and information without questioning. If it comes from the news, she believes it is always legitimate. And so her percention of crime, of how to raise children, of the world around us, is a distorted.
As I was growing up, I remember her following whatever trend was in the news. Video games lead to violence and school shootings: confiscate and then promptly forget where you took all of them. Every egg contains salmonella and high cholsterol: no more eggs for breakfast.
It reminds me of a South Park episode about this very thing. The parents hear that school is unsafe, then their own neighbors, then themselves. Each time they took their kids away from the problem until they just sent them out into the world on their own.
I always complain about the negative news so changes to system would be great.