Khalaf1Sara Khalaf03/08/2018Should Children stop playing violent Video games because they play a role in promotingaggressive behaviors?I woke up the other morning, hearing that my brother got into an aggressive fight with one of his classmates. Being informed about my brother’s actions really triggered me, as we livein two distinct countries. From what I understood from my mother, my brother punched his classmate in the eye the moment he cursed on my mother. Severe damages were caused to his left eye and his classmate was in a high risk of losing his sight. My brother was going to get suedby the parents for his violent actions. When I found out that my mother prohibited my brother from watching his wrestling shows and from playing any violent related video games, I was surprised of her decision. Preventing children from playing violent video games is the same as stopping them from practicing violent sports like boxing or martial arts. Both actions have similar purposes of relieving frustrations and stress. Video games is more related to the analysis part of the brain and the adrenaline. After giving it, some thought I decided to do my research around this topic to answer a question that haunted me from that moment. I needed to reveal secrets behind violent video games and their effects. “Should Children stop playing violent videogames, because they play a role in promoting aggressive behaviors?” Was my brother’s obsession of wrestling and other video games a cause of his reaction to beat up that kid? Is banning a part of his delightfulness worth it and most importantly is it effective? I aim in this research to explore the various effects of violent video games on children. I aim to find out the purpose behind the existence of such video games and whether children should take advantage oftheir existence or not.
Khalaf2There’s a lot of debates and concerns on whether violent video games should be prohibited for good. I know that five-year-old children watching or playing video games involving heads falling apart from bodies is a problem, as they are still in their earliest stages of absorbing information and knowledge from their surroundings. I know that children who isolate themselves in a lock room playing violent video games for 20 hours a day is an issue. They miss on important fitness and social activities, as they chose the virtual life over the real one. However, does such called ‘violent’ or ‘aggressive’ video games cause children to be violent? How do people classify a video game as being violent or aggressive? I interviewed my roommates and asked them how do they classify a game as ‘violent’? Their responses were basedon games involving wrestling, swords, blood and guns. Before answering the question “Should Children stop playing violent video games, because they play a role in promoting aggressive behaviors?”, we should try to answer a more prominent question at first. What is aggression and violence to people? According to Craig A. Anderson and Brad J. Bushman in
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English, Nonviolent video game, Craig A. Anderson, Columbine High School massacre, John Glynn