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  TV violence 'encourages bullies'
Updated 28 December 2003, 15.45
Kid being bullied
Violent scenes on children's TV are leading to some kids getting bullied, according to a top Government official.

Education Minister Charles Clarke has called for programme-makers to be more responsible when filming kids' shows.

"Violence on television encourages people to grow up thinking violence is an acceptable way of operating," Mr Clarke told The Observer newspaper.

He also had a go at some children's shows for doing little to educate kids about the world and how to behave.

Education Secretary Charles Clarke
Education Secretary Charles Clarke

Mr Clarke said the amount of violence on TV was making it difficult for schools to get across the anti-bullying message.

"We work very hard to get children to talk about the problems they face rather than bottle it all up inside them.

"But while television goes around suggesting that 'might is right' in certain respects, it makes it more of an uphill struggle."

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