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Kids + Video Games = Violence?
Imagine this: you’re playing a video game and you mom walks up, and watches for a minute. “That’s not very appropriate for you.” Says your mother. Then, BAM! You are arguing with your mother.
Many parents believe that video games make children violent, but that’s not entirely true. Normal kids don’t reenact the Columbine just because they play video games 5-10 hours a day. There is almost always another reason, like drugs, gang interaction, poverty, antisocial behavior, mental illness, or abuse.
Parents indeed noticed increased physical aggression toward others. The kids were male… most of the time. One mother lets her two kids play m-rated war games, but she hasn’t noticed anything wrong with their behavior. “They haven’t gotten into any fights at school”
Children’s cartoons have ALWAYS contained some form of violence, whether it is comical or slightly realistic, it’s been there. Even old cartoons like Tom and Jerry, and newer shows, like Ed, Edd and Eddy, had plenty of violent scenes. Kids that watch cartoons are exposed to violence, but usually end up with average behavior. Why do parents always say video games are bad? The shows being produced today have more violence then back in the day, but it seems like parents haven’t noticed.
So why do people put the blame on games? Probably because you control what happens when, where, and how. Or maybe its because games are addictive, money-suckers? Everybody is entitled to his or her own opinion, but who is right? Personally, I think that any parent that puts the blame all on games have never just sat down with his or her own kid and watched what was on the television.
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for all type of ages. If a 12 year
old kid plays a rated M game
he might get violent or learn things tha he is not supposed to know at his age
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today tommorow next month next year all look remarkably gray.
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But the funny thing about it is I ain't even start yet
I'm only using my mind I ain't even use my heart yet
I just evolved I ain't speaking theoretically
-Keys "Dear Dummy"
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"Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring."
— Marilyn Monroe
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"We few, we happy few/we band of brothers/For he to-day that sheds his blood with me/Shall be my brother"
-Shakespeare, "Henry V"
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