The AACAP also reviews the content of individual video games helping parents

The aacap also reviews the content of individual

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activities in and out of school. The AACAP also reviews the content of individual video games helping parents decide which games to allow their children to play. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has stated concerns about the negative effect of playing all video games for long periods of time on the ability of youth and young adults to pay attention. The AAP recommends that parents monitor video game content limit the time children devote to these game activities, and encourage interaction with friends when video games are played. The AAP has also taken the position that violent video games are harmful to children and that exposure should be limited. The American Medical Association (AMA) has expressed concerns that video games are not properly rated and that violent games have potentially harmful effects, but the AMA has not make a definitive recommendation about the effects of violent video games. The Constitutional Rights Foundation has issued a statement that rates of school violence are directly related to higher rates of community violence. Environmental and social variables are more potent mediators of aggression in contrast to the personal behaviors of young people playing individual video games . If violent video games translate to violent thoughts do those thoughts translate into violent actions? I think the violent thoughts associated with the violence in the context of video games or are they associated with violence toward other people in real life. Some researchers have suggested that violent video games are a risk factor not a causal factor. Indeed, many other variables such as substance abuse are likely more important. High school students who use alcohol and
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12 illegal drugs have been reported to be at least three times more likely to get into fights and twice as likely to bring weapons to school . Several investigators have examined the relationship of cynical shyness to lethal violence. Carducci and Nethery studied eight young men who committed seven deadly school shootings between 1995 and 2004 and concluded that they all displayed characteristics of cynical shyness. The term refers to a specific type of shyness seen in a small percentage of 9 shy individuals who try very hard to develop relationship with others but are rejected resulting in rage and loss of empathy for others that can end in violent acts such as school shootings. Most people who are shy do not respond with anger but some shy persons who want attention from others and are rebuffed isolate themselves become angry and frustrated and make plans to get back at those who hurt them. According to Philip Zimbardo Cynical shyness makes sense in that a constant feeling of being rejected can lead to fantasies of retaliation In the case of the school shooters and it's not simply revenge against the bully it's revenge that gets generalized to all people who in any way have slighted you. Douglas Gentile who has studied the impact of media on children and
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