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Violence in Video Games

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Imagine a calm setting at work one day and you get a phone call. It’s your child’s elementary school principal and he has awful news. An intruder has broken into your child’s school and he or she has performed what is commonly known as a school shooting. Things become hectic as you rush to the school to see if your child is okay. Luckily, he comes out of the school safely and you wrap him in your arms while other families are devastated by the results of the school shooting. The shooter’s motive was a result of playing violent video games. Popular video games today are loaded with sexual themes, profanity, and killing. These games are sold to the public and, when in the wrong hands, can become dangerous. They say things change for better or worse, and violence in video games is definitely a change for the worse. Violent video games are dangerous to the human mind. Because of this, violent video games should have stronger restrictions on explicit content. More solutions include offering classes in school to raise awareness about violence in video games and having retailers do a better job of distributing video games to the appropriate age group. As a result of video games becoming more violent, children are being more and more exposed to this violence. Authors of “Update: Video Games and Violence” say that violent video games should not be available for children. The violence in the video games could cause them to hurt or assault others (Update). The article claims that “Children cannot purchase harmful substances such as alcohol and tobacco” they note – “violent video games should be similarly kept out of their possession” (Update). Another online article named “Video Games and Violence” suggests that viol... ... middle of paper ... ...eb. 2014. Cheryl Olson, ScD, et al., "Factors Correlated with Violent Video Game Use by Adolescent Boys and Girls,” Journal of Adolescent Health, Jan. 2007 Lawrence Kutner, PhD, and Cheryl K. Olsen, ScD, Grand Theft Childhood: The Surprising Truth about Violent Video Games and What Parents Can Do, 2008 Sohn, Emily. "Video Game Violence." Science News for Kids. Jan. 24 2007: n.p. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 04 Feb. 2014. "Update: Video Games and Violence." Issues & Controversies On File: n. pag. Issues & Controversies. Facts On File News Services, 6 July 2007. Web. 4 Feb. 2014. "Video Games and Violence." Issues & Controversies On File: n. pag. Issues & Controversies. Facts On File News Services, 13 Feb. 2004. Web. 4 Feb. 2014. "Violent Video Games and Young People." Harvard Mental Health Letter. 22 Sep. 2010: n.p. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 04 Feb. 2014.
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