18 years ago today an international mental health conference, held at Trinity College, Dublin is told that violence on television can change the attitudes of young viewers and make them aggressive. The debate over violence on TV and its effect on viewers continues.

In this RTÉ News report Dr. Max Abbott of the World Federation for Mental Health says that children between the ages of nine and eleven and especially boys are more likely to be aggressive as adults as a consequence of watching violence on television.

Broadcast on the 16th of August 1995 this report by George Devlin examines the subject of television violence and its effect on children.