The Hypodermic Syringe Theory
A passive audience consumes media texts unquestioningly. This theory, based on the idea that audiences are affected (usually negatively) by what the texts they consume, lies behind ideas that there are causal links between violence in the media and violence in society.
Notoriously hard to prove, but crime shows can play on our darkest fears. Although most crime shows, especially the more violent ones, are broadcast after the watershed, children can stay up to watch them, they can be recorded or watched on DVD.