Violent Games could Encourage Violent Kids

This was something I wrote up for a class. I thought it was worth posting in here. In a nutshell, I do believe that violent video games affect children, and I also believe that it is the parent’s responsibility to moderate this activity.

I don’t believe that the video games should be the only thing to blame on violence in children which includes but is not limited to school shootings. I believe parents would be the primary blame. According to, parents do not regulate video game play as much as they regulate movies. Furthermore, they go on to say that violent game play can be worse than violent movies because they are interactive.

In this case, I don’t think it’s the government’s job to regulate game play to children. It is the responsibility of the parent. Since most parents aren’t from the gaming generation, most are naive about the games and the mature content they contain. I believe the most effective way to control this is to educate the parents. I’m sure most people have seen commercials for This site is an educational site on how to block desired rated shows from being shown on their TV. This is one step in the right direction.

On a side note, I also found an article at that was apparently written by a 17-year-old. This guy played violent games and claims they don’t affect him, yet the whole article has a sense of negativity, and he concludes the article by saying “you can have my video games when you pry them from my cold dead hands.” Does his tone match the point he’s trying to make? I think not.

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