Intense Violence: Video Game Use Among Teens

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Blood and gore. Intense violence. Strong sexual content. Use of drugs. These are just a few words used to describe violent video games such as Grand Theft Auto, one of the most popular video games among teenagers. Experts agree that violent video games are a recipe for aggression. The effects of violent video games are as varied as the number of the games. Given how common these type of video games are, mental health doctors are swarmed with questions from parents who are worried about the affect these games have on their children. In a study called “Video Game Use Among Teens” by PEW Internet & American Life Project, September 2008, claims that sixty-two percent of parents of young video games players say that videogames do not affect their …show more content…
The American Academy of Pediatrics believes that violent video games contribute to aggression and violent behaviors in youths. Video games that are particularly harmful encourages role-playing that may serve as virtual rehearsals for actual violence. These organizations are especially concerned that the exposure to aggressive behavior or violent video games desensitizes by stupefying them emotionally. Leading to aggressive behavior and bullying. A 2001 report of the U.S. Surgeon General on the topic of youth violence have found a relation between violent video games and increased aggressive thinking and behavior in children. They’ve assumed the school shootings are linked between violent video games and …show more content…
Parents can protect children from potential harm by limiting use of video games, particularly if they are concerned that their children might be vulnerable to the effects of violent content. They can check the Entertainment Software Rating Board to better understand what type of content a video game has. You can play video games with your children to better understand the content, and how children react. Also parents can put consoles and or gaming devices in more common areas of the home, other than bedrooms. Again, try to limit the time used playing video games. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends two hours or less of screen time per day, including television, computer, and video games. Furthermore, encourage children to participate in more sports or school activities in which they can interact with peers in person rather than online. Parents can best protect their children by remaining engaged with them and providing limits and guidance as necessary. Do violent video games contribute to youth violence and criminal

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