Do you think video games make children aggressive and thus they become violent?
If a child is well rounded and have social friends and go out to play, then he can have a well rounded environment where balance is made between these kinds of video games and outside plays where children play with their friends.
What is your take about this?
1. your question is too broad and should specify which type of computer games. Just like movies and tv shows, there are different genres.
2. Not all "computer games" even contain violence"
3. If someone is a psychopath they will find a way to channel that problem. I am sure a violent movie would have the same effect if any.
4. Video games are an art form. Freedom of expression is important in this world.
5. Video games are age appropriate and marked as such. If parents are parents, then they should stop their children from buying violent video games. I believe that ID should be required when buying adult content.
6. If a child plays a video game where they see a little man with a mustache eating magic mushrooms, will they copy it, and try to grow a mustache and fly in the clouds?
7. Most video games involve you being the good guy.... Most
8. I played video games as a kid, and as I got older some were violent. I saw them as a movie, nothing more.
We cannot forbid an art form because some people can't control their kids.
Video games won't make a child that is well rounded at all violent. If a child has a problem distinguishing real life from the video game life, that's when it could make them violent. I've played a wide range of games and most of my friends do as well, the only ones that are violent, aren't because of video games but how they were raised. If you have a kid that plays violent games but knows that doing things like that in real life would be illegal, they have a choice to follow what they know and not do it or they can ignore it and hit people or whatever else they saw in video games. This is with children that don't have any mental problems that would make that choice less of a conscious choice though.
Any violence seen by children could make them violent, but it's not just video games and it's not all kids. It's a select few that are probably also the ones that would be bully in school anyway, not the ones that happily play with the other kids.
My child has Autism. He plays Mario and SpongeBob. His Therapist said that video games are good for children with short attention spans like my son. Now, having said that, I don't stick him in front of an Xbox with the game Halo or anything. He has not shown any aggression from playing video games.
I think that the only way a video game, movie or any other form of media could contribute to aggression and violence, is if the child in question already has violent inclinations. For example, a child might learn how to hurt someone from Grand Theft Auto, but had he not played the game, he would have hurt someone anyway. Such things are indicative of deeper psychological issues that need to be addressed in more meaningful ways than simply taking violent video games off the market.
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