Violent Screen Time On Children

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“The Impact of Violent Screen Time on Children” A ten-year-old boy stares at a television screen mashing buttons on a PlayStation controller as the sound of gunshots, bombs, and shouts fill his bedroom. While his parents say, “It’s keeping him out of trouble,” they don’t see the emotional problems violent video games are causing their son. In 2014, TIME Magazine reported that, “Approximately 90% of children in the U.S. play video games, and more than 90% of those games involve mature content that often includes violence” (Park). Even though many parents and caregivers don’t see the harm in the violence shown in video games, television, and the internet, the effects of this exposure on children today is undeniable. Because children are being exposed to the harmful effects of violent screen time, they are more aggressive, more likely to engage in violent behavior, and desensitized to violence in general. When children play a lot of video games with adult content or watch television shows that include violent scenes, research has shown that they are more aggressive toward their classmates, friends, siblings, teachers, and even their own parents. They think that being mean and vicious, like they see on television and video games, is how they can act in real life. This aggressive behavior can result in bullying, physical and verbal. A recent study stated that, “60 percent of middle school boys and 40 percent of middle school girls who played at least one Mature-rated (M-rated)
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