Are Video Games the Cause of Violence Among Children and Teens?
In today's society video games play an important role in a child's life. Most children play games when they are bored and think nothing of them. Even though children engage in playing video games, these games do not cause the violence among children but it is the children themselves. Society, which includes parents, the media, the government and educators, are just looking to point the finger at someone and they found it.
"Video games were first introduced in the 1970's. By the end of that decade, they had become a preferred childhood leisure activity, and adults responded with concern about the possible ill effects of the games on children" (Cesarone 31). This is still a major concern of parents and the nation. Video games can cause physical problems but it is rare, the companies put warnings on the systems or games about these effects it might have. It is the authority figure that has to watch how long the child plays at a time so he or she does not get affected by these physical deformalities. People can blame the video game industry if the child obtains some kind of physical problem from their system because the parent should be aware of what the child does and watches, it is their son or daughter not the video game industries. "An early study on the effects of video games on children found that playing video games had more positive effects on children than watching television. A conference sponsored by Atari at Harvard University in 1983 presented preliminary data which failed to identify ill effects" (Cesarone 32). The more recent research began to find connections between violent games and aggressive behavior among children.
"A research review done by NCTV (1990) found that nine of twelve research studies on the impact of violent video games on normal children and adolescents reported harmful effects...video game playing has not been implicated ... Continues...