Do Video Games Cause Violence?
Dear Dr. Sangfroid,
I am concerned with how often my children play violent video games. They are ages 10 and 14, and when I leave them at home alone I know they spend the whole day playing Halo or Call of Duty, two violence-centered video games. I often overhear them talking about “head shots” and “awesome guns” and even acting out the scenes from the games. With all the child and teen violence in America, I wondering if it is all because of video games?
Dear Worried Mom,
Of course video games cause violence! Just like plastic swords at the Renaissance fair, angry lions at the zoo, and MTV causes violence! Everyone knows children obey only one thing: the media, which is filled with violence.
Some people claim solid parenting, a positive presence of a mom or dad, and the teaching of good morals and right from wrong are what helps a child differentiate between violence in video games and violence in real life, but everyone knows that’s just crazy talk. The truth is, children and teenagers are absolutely incapable of telling the difference between video game violence and real life violence. In fact, thousands of children and teens die each year from attempting to perform tasks they see in video games, such as flying, casting magic spells, fighting dragons, and doing a 360 kickflip on a skateboard.
There is only one way to prevent your child from becoming violent. First, here are some ways that won’t work:
-Talking to your child about violence
-Monitoring what video games they purchase
-Restricting what movies they see according to age
-Being a part of your child’s life
-Teaching them right from wrong
Here is the absolute only way to guarantee that your child will never become violent and shoot up their school:
-Take away all TV, movies, video games, zoo trips, cell phones (they could be texting other violent children), computers, internets, books, and animals.
-Isolate the child from all human interaction.
-Protest video games and whenever a child does something violent, immediately find a reporter and tell them you saw that child playing a video game seconds before the incident.
Keepin’ it cool,