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. I’ve seen older brothers letting their younger brothers play violent video games while their parents weren’t home. But, the problem is, that some of these parents do not pay attention when the same kids display bad behavior. They see their kids reenact or mimic the violence and ignore it, as though it just may go away.
In my childhood, I was allowed to play violent video games. My Mom, a single parent, worked hard and was not home much. She did not spend a lot of time with us or paid attention to what we were doing. Instead, her routine was to come home from work, ask how we were doing or did we need help with homework, cook dinner, clean-up and then get ready for bed. The fact that I was safe at home was enough for her. So, she didn’t pay much attention to my friends and me as we played video games or watch a violent movie. A new video game was a reward for me getting good grades on my report card. I even remember asking my mom to buy me games that I knew was for people who were 17 and over. She would buy it for me even though I was underage. She really didn’t see a difference in the violence I saw on TV than in video games. I played them my whole life and they did not affect me. As a result, I don’t have any violent tendencies, I don’t have a criminal history and never gotten into a fight. I even asked my friend who is 23 why don’t he join the army since he plays army games all day and don’t know what he wants to be. He said he doesn’t want to join the army because he’s afraid of being in a real war. However, he enjoys pretending that he is on a battlefield by playing army games like Call of Duty and Battlefield. So, instead of joining the army he can experience the army while playing these games in his living room.
People like the thrill and excitement of explosions and shooting people. Video games are very interactive and it is a way of connecting to your friends. It’s very popular, it’s fun, and you can do things in a game that you wouldn’t...