The Negative Effects Of Violent Video Games On Children

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People have been arguing about the effects of violent games for years. Every parent wonders what’s best for their child. Research has shown positive and negative effects of violent video games, but one side of this division is prominent. Teens should not be permitted to play violent games. You might be thinking, “Why not? These games aren’t doing any harm,” but as a matter of fact, violent games can completely change the way a person acts. These games have been investigated and proven that violent games will cause more aggressive behavior from a person. The New York Times, “Shooting in the Dark” article states, “Moreover, youngsters who develop a gaming habit can become slightly more aggressive- as measured by clashes with peers, for instance- at least over a period of a year or two.” I have also noticed this taking place in my household. My brother is a video game addict, and one of his favorite games is a violent game called, “Jurassic the Hunted.” As the years pass, my brother has become more short tempered and impulsive. For example, after cheer practice one day, my cheer team came to my house for a sleepover. So my brother thought it a good idea to sneak up behind us and shoot us with his nerf gun. When my brother was scolded about his violence with the gun, he just became angry. Violence can act a cloud to a child’s sun. Anger covers up their brightness, their kindness, and other optimal characteristics. This is just one example of the behavior that could come from

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