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The event that took place at Columbine High School is only one of many tragedies that have taken place due to the influence of video games. Violent video games should not be played by children and teens because they gain early exposure to extreme violence, mature themes, and explicit language. In almost all video games, there are weapons of some sort. Even Lego brand video games feature weapons and a large amount of killing. Many children and teens accept this violence because their characters regenerate when killed.
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Ever since the creation of video games, people have been entertained without the need to go out to the movies or some other outdoor activity. However, people never realized that video games could influence children emotionally. Apart from the discussion that video games, or other activities that have to do with television, can ruin people’s vision, violent video games can influence children to develop aggressive behaviors. There have been situations worldwide, like the Columbine High School shooters, where video games were to blame. Some laws were even passed to lower situations similar to the Columbine High School Massacre.
With the magnitude of popularity that violent video games are facing these days, it is no wonder that they have come under great scrutiny by many social scientists and parents alike. The question that many studies are facing is whether or not video games have an adverse effect on the youth of our nation. This is because no research has been conducted that shows a correlation between a child acting out real world violence due to a violent video game. Studies of the negative effects of video games on our youth are not the only studies that have been analyzed in the course of putting this research together. Research on the positive ways in which violent video games can be used in the development of the youth of the nation has also been analyzed in the process of putting the research shown in this paper together as well.
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Adolescents who frequently play violent video games and movies without the proper education and care can increase the chance of them displaying violent behavior in adulthood. I asked some parents why they let their kids play violent video games. Those parents would say “it doesn’t matter what they play, it’s your job to educate your kids on what’s right from wrong, to distinguish fantasy from reality.” They say “if you restrict your kids from playing violent video games they would just want to play it more and eventually rebel by playing it somewhere else, since its accessible everywhere.” But, then their other parents that would tell me that they don’t want their kids playing violent video games because kids can not differentiate between fantasy and reality and might try to mimic what they see. I think that anything that is seen as violent may have an impact on behavior. I’ve seen little kids playing violent video games in game stores, plenty of times, without their parents’ permission.
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Do parents know what violent video games their children are playing? Playing violent games is nontoxic, exciting fun, and no more harmful than watching something graphic on television. This is an arguable point, and people want to know if violence shown in video games cause aggression, violent actions, bullying, or weapon skills. The answer to this is a no-brainer; most parents go about their busy lives and leave their children unsupervised when these activities are taking place. If parents are worried about what their children are learning from this, then they should be under adult supervision during these activities or banned from them.