WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT AND MEDIATED CHILDREN VIEWERSHIP IN ABUJA: IMPLICATIONS ON ATTITUDE FORMATION
Violence, to some extent, seems to be an attribute that characterizes what many may see as civilization today and children are innocently seen to exhibit some of the traits associated with it. One way a child may acquire attitude is by direct or virtual contact with the object of the attitude and interaction with others holding the attitude and, in this case, the evergrowing influence of the wresting sports. Many children imbibe certain attitudes from what they are exposed to. This study sought to answer among other questions the extent to which children in Abuja are vulnerable to the professional wrestling and how watching wrestling harm children in Abuja. The observational or social learning theory guided the study. Using quantitative survey design and purposively selecting 120 residents in Abuja,
the study discovered that wrestling is a sport that is extreme in nature with consequences, where there is no sufficient media literacy and parental guidance in content exposure to the ring drama of WWE; and that children in Abuja are vulnerable to both the language and moves demonstrated in the ring of WWE. It therefore recommends among others things that given that children are very likely to try out what they watch, parents and producers of programmes need to evaluate each programme that is intended for airing against the intrinsic value and importance to the development of the child audience and how that is likely to affect the society.