In Control, Media Violence, Parenting, Violence by DC McGuireLeave a Comment

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Allowing violent video games in a home could be considered a form of child abuse. It puts players at risk of poor health, poor intellectual development, poor social skills, and adult problems with spousal abuse and employment challenges.  What is known for certain is that players absorbed in first shooter games cannot avoid programming their minds to numb out to the excruciating horrors of violent activity.   This is neuroplasticity gone to the dark side. To the contrary, children need to be raised to be alarmed and appalled by any form of violence.
Central to developing a child into a sound human being is instilling an abhorrence to violence – whether it’s virtual or real. In civilized society, allowing children to spend long hours on computers training to be killers makes no sense at all; unless we’re aiming to raise child soldiers, adolescent tribal militias, and more public terrorists.

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