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 restrictions” (Gallagher). Retailers are now prohibited from selling rated M games to children. These games are filled with violence, and are meant for 17 year olds (this is even stated on the rating of these games). This shows that retailers support that children should not be exposed to these games, unless parent is present to allow the child to get the game. Considering stores are the primary source of obtaining video games, this law is very effective. Another step has been taken by researchers to prevent the children from getting these games.
Many scientific studies support that violent video games can affect the behavior of children. “The Parents Television Council has found more than 3,000 studies linking a child’s consumption of violent media to a child’s behavior, yet we’ve found less two dozen that conclude differently” (Winter). Numerous studies of the effect of violent games (and other forms of media) on children have been conducted. Several thousands of these supporting that children are affected by them, against less than two dozen, says that there is an effect on the children. This is because children are actually choosing what happens when they play. The choice would have a much stronger psychological...