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Penny Duke takes her grandson to the park every time they're together.

She says it beats any movie.

"When he comes to my house, we try to play outside, I read him stories, and we build things with blocks" - Penny Duke, Grandmother

She is also a retired school teacher.

And says she has seen first hand what influence violent video games, music, or movies can have on children.

"Depending on what they had seen on TV, would be replicated in their play behavior" - Duke

Monday night, Longview Police held an education session for Longview parents. About some of the violence children are exposed to through the media.

Spring Hill Resource Officer Roger Askew says it's the parents' responsibility to monitor what their kids are being fed.

"Just do your research, learn about what they are listening to and watching, and get online and do your research." - Askew

Askew says it's not just programming meant for adults.

He says even in children's programming, like cartoons, there is an average of 20 violent acts per show.

"Askew says he does not advocate taking media away from kids, just that parents keep a close eye on it"

"Just be aware of what your kids are doing, because they have access to so many things" - Askew

For Penny, she says she will stick to playing outside.

"A lot of TV is just fluff, and really violent" - Duke

In Longview, Gregg County, I'm Kevin Boyce, KYTX CBS 19 News.

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