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Many things influence tantrums and their explosiveness. A child's ability to handle frustration is a major influence in tantrums. Personality and age both effect their ability to handle frustration. They need to know it is ok to be frutrated. They need good models for handling that frustration. Emotions can be overwhelming for children. They need to know what they are feeling is real and ok.

Food can effect tantrums. Check into Doris Rapp's Is this Your Child?

Also, TV can cause violent behavior. Even if the shows they are watching are "innocent", TV inhibits a child's imagination and creative thinking. It also is a sedentary activity that keeps them from burning off extra energy that may come to the front during a tantrum.
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