The Effects of Video Games on Children

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The Effects of Video Games on Children
Many people claim that violent video games are desensitizing children to violence, and making them more hostile and aggressive in social situations. Many video games nowadays have some sort of violence. These games can range from mild to extremely brutal. When children are exposed to these games, they very well could affect how children think. These games, when exposed to children, will, in fact, make them desensitized to violence, and even become violent themselves.
The largest group that plays video games is children. The majority of these games are violent, to a ranging extent. Most of these games are played on evenings or weekends, at their homes. Video games are a very common past-time. The majority of the objectives of these games require children to act out some sort of violence.
Children who are going through hard times can use violent games to act out their anger. “We have seen a lot of studies documenting that individuals with what we call ‘low self-concept’ and people that are going through difficult times, can act out their aggressive fantasies through these games” (Mundell). Using these games to act out their anger can be an unhealthy practice. The children are acting out their anger through violence. In doing this, the child will begin to react violently to all anger. If children begin to react violently to all anger, this could hurt people, not just the child. So, some steps need to be taken to try to keep these games out of children’s hands.
Retailers have already started to implement actions to avoid providing intensely violent games from children. “Virtually all major U.S. retailers are working to help parents keep control of the games children play by enforcing age rest...

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...e children violent, their idea is strongly supported. Perhaps more steps should be taken to prevent these games from getting to children.

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