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Violent Video Games Don’t Make Kids Violent, Study Finds Violence in video games has long concerned parents, who worry about the influence on impressionable minds of controversial games such as Grand Theft Auto. In many games, players score higher when they break the (virtual) law, behave violently toward others, and maximize the pain inflicted on other players. So pervasive is the idea that violent video games cause violent behavior that a 2010 survey found that 49% of adults believe that violent games can inspire some people to commit real-life atrocities. Video game controversies Video game controversies are unresolved societal and scientific arguments about whether or not the content of video games can change the behavior and attitudes of a player. Since the early 1980s, advocates of video games have emphasized their use as an expressive medium, arguing for their protection under the laws governing freedom of speech and also as an educational tool. Detractors argue that video games are harmful and therefore should be subject to legislative oversight and restrictions. The positive and negative characteristics and effects of video games are the subject of scientific study. Results of investigations into links between video games and addiction, aggression, violence, social development, and a variety of stereotyping and sexual morality issues are debated.[1]

Do violent movies, TV, video games really make kids violent? An advocacy group claims there is widespread support that television shows, movies and video games containing violent content can lead to increased aggression in children. The study was just published in the journal, Psychology of Popular Media Culture. The Parent's Television Council supports the findings and says its own research on violence has found shocking types of violent content rated as appropriate for 14-year-olds, just on primetime broadcast television alone. Melissa Henson, the director of grassroots education and activism for the Parents Television Council, says that the violence children view from different forms of electronic media clearly has a detrimental effect on them and the way they react to others in difficult situations. “It just reinforces the pathways that encourage violence is the solution, rather than a rational discussion,” Henson attests.

Video Games Don’t Cause Children to be Violent Michael D. Gallagher is the president and CEO of the Entertainment Software Association. The Supreme Court recently decided to review a California law that would regulate the sale and rental of computer and video games to minors. Do violent video games make children more aggressive? A few days ago, a review of 300 studies on violent video games and children’s behavior was released by the APA Task Force on Violent Media. The report concludes that violent video games present a “risk factor” for heightened aggression in children and call for a revamping of the video game rating system that took more notice of violence and for games to be more appropriate to the players’ age and psychological development.However, despite claiming the review “demonstrates” a link between playing violent video games and aggression, the authors acknowledged that some studies were inconsistent and that present research is insufficient to establish whether this can lead to criminal violence or delinquency. “The research demonstrates a consistent relation between violent video game use and increases in aggressive behaviour, aggressive cognitions and aggressive affect, and decreases in pro-social behaviour, empathy and sensitivity to aggression.” Kids these days… Hold on, now…

Christopher Ferguson: Video Games Don't Make Kids Violent It’s the holiday season and that means that kids by the millions are asking Santa for the opportunity to blow away enemy soldiers and aliens on the Xbox or PlayStation. Should parents be worried about buying such gifts? Violent video games (VVG) are now an established part of our culture; recent releases of games such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Skyrim have been setting sales records for media releases (topping even blockbuster movies) and garnishing lavish reviews for their artistic merits.

Video Games: Violent, Yes. But Do They Make Us Violent? 51211How Parents and Policymakers Handle Violent Video GamesPBS NewsHour correspondent Jeffrey Brown taps into a discussion about the connections -- or lack of connections -- between violent video games and violent behavior. The Newtown killer reportedly spent hours playing such games, but is there any evidence that one thing leads to the other? Psychologist Brad Bushman of Ohio State University and public health expert Cheryl Olson weigh in. 2013-02-15 18:00:00disabledIdY7ehahp2M Psychologist Brad Bushman and public health expert Cheryl Olson weigh in on the impact of violent video games on behavior. Watch the full report on PBS NewsHour Tuesday.

Video games 'don't make kids violent': study Published: 06 Dec 2011 10:02 GMT+01:00Updated: 06 Dec 2011 10:02 GMT+01:00 While children who play violent computer games are more aggressive, there's no evidence to support claims that the games themselves cause kids' aggressive behaviour, the Swedish Media Council (Statens medieråd) has concluded. The findings come following a review of more than 100 articles about violent computer games and aggression which have been published in international scientific journals since 2000. According to the Council's review, there is a clear, statistically significant link between violent computer games and aggressive behaviour. However, many of the studies use different methods to measure aggression, many of which lack a clear connection to violent behaviour. In addition, a great deal of the research exploring causal links between violent computer games and aggressive behaviour “suffer from serious methodological deficiencies” and don't provide sufficient evidence to establish a causal relationship.

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