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Running head: IMPACT OF VIOLENT VIDEOGAMES TO CHILDREN1The Impact of Violent Video Games to ChildrenAlexander GomezTexas A&M SA
IMPACT OF VIOLENT VIDEOGAMES TO CHILDREN 2The Impact of Violent Video Games to ChildrenMost parents frown at video games for being time wasters or their children and theirability to corrupt the minds to the extent that they can take up the role of their favorite charactersand start to behave like them. However, the children love the video games because they feel likethey enable them to become smart at handling complex situations and also to be creative atfinding solutions to their problems. Despite all those differences, one thing that remains clear isthat the video games have got an impact on the children whether they are good or bad and that iswhy parents are supposed to ensure that they understand what type of games their children areplaying. Most media houses and researches have continued to highlight the ability of the videogames to turn children into antisocial individuals due to the lengthy time that they are usuallyholed up in their rooms alone paying (Carnagey & Anderson, 2005). The focus has also beendirected at how children who play violent video games make them adopt violent and aggressivebehaviors, reduced prosocial behaviors, lack of empathy and consistent insensitivity to anyafflictions which may occur amongst their friends. Therefore, the games that the children playhave continuously shown the insolence for authority, violence, and cruelty to animals, sexualharassment and abuse for women, gender, and racial segregation. In the wake of playing thevideo games, there is an element of the children engaging in offensive and abusive language,overt acts, obscenities and other vile incidences which they learn in the video games. The kidscontinue to master these behaviors to the extent that they become part and parcel of their liveswhere the addiction to play the video games occur on a daily basis. In the end, the children beginto become immune to the repulsion that is related to aggressive behaviors, violence, and empathyof animals and people.
IMPACT OF VIOLENT VIDEOGAMES TO CHILDREN 3Video games have continued to be amongst the accessories that are found in manyhouseholds across the world because they have been helping the children to stay out of troubledue to the uncertainties that are found in the communities. Therefore, it is no wonder as parentsare trying to ensure that their children stay away from physical troubles they are directing thepsychological well-being of their children to be corrupted by the video games. In this context, itmeans that the children are spending a lot of time indoors engaging in the video games whilethey neglect other outdoor activities which may be beneficial to their health. Currently, mostgaming companies have been able to create video games that are very interactive where theproductions lack age limits, the movements are violent, and there are no parental controlmeasures (Carnagey & Anderson, 2005). In essence, it means that when a parent buys any video