The term violence is a broad word that has many different views depending on what it is associated with. When it comes to teens and children, violence can be anything from pushing, shoving, and fighting too. Violence has and always will be an ongoing problem around the world. Everything that can be done to prevent it will benefit our society. Today’s video games and featured television shows have become much more graphic than they have ever been, showing brutal images that can be accessed by all ages. Video games have become one of children’s favorite leisure activities, and they spend long amounts of time playing them. It has been shown that children with high exposure to such violent games have a much higher score of serious violence (Freedman 2002). After playing these games for long and countless hours, children begin to view these behaviors as acceptable while out with their friends or in public. Violence is any action that may cause harm to another such as pushing, fighting, language, wrestling, and killing. Violent video games have a strong positive correlation with aggressive behaviors because of intense graphics, lack of effective parental control, and the amount of time playing these games.
Video games that are made these days are completely different from how they were made a decade ago. The games are much more detailed and realistic, and they give you the feeling that you are actually in the game. Elizabeth Carll, PhD in Psychology says “A comprehensive analysis of violence in interactive video game research suggests exposure increases aggressive behavior, aggressive thoughts, angry feeling, and physiological arousal and decreases helpful behavior”. Children that have played these games for long periods of time have come to accept the behaviors that they are being influenced by and opposing against their own morals (Vanhorn, 1999). It might be said that children are taking out their anger on these games but my question is Are the games what give the children the hostile ideas and ways of thinking? Practice, repetition, identification with a violent character, and being rewarded for numerous acts of violence may intensify learning of violence (Carll, 2006
). So, the more associated you are with something; the more comfortable you are going to be around it and not think much of it. Children are becoming more vio
lent, but is it not being noticed because our understanding of violence is being continuously stretched? Violence has almost become a norm in our society and some may see nothing wrong with the negative acts that are coming from children.
After knowing that why is it so bad?
Growing up, sometimes it is hard to follow your morals and choose the right path. There are several things that influence children’s decisions, such as friends, the community, or their interests. Yet, there are so many other things that affect their decisions and the most influencing is the media. ...