By Zaizlin Dusanchz
Playing violent games shapes the views of children whose minds are not conditioned to make proper decisions,“Parents are usually not aware of the nature of the video games their children are playing. In a 1999 study, most parents were not able to name their child’s favorite game, or named an incorrect game. In 70% of these incorrect matches, the child described their favorite game as violent.” (qtd. Hae) this is why parents should be monitoring what their kids are doing and what they are playing, so they don’t get surprised after all.
Studies have shown violences in video games separates the mind of child from distinguishing the virtual world with reality, For a lot of people video games doesn’t introduce the aggressive world to the kids, but for others it does. A group call” APA” searched on how does video games affect kids. “APA Task Force on Violent Media, made studies on how video games affect kids, the report conclusion was that violent video games present a “risk factor” of aggression in children’s.” (qtd.Tibi Puiu.) Of course it does, where kids get awards for kill other players or for kill animals in video games they will confuse the virtual world with the actual world.
When kids pass hours playing aggressive video games they start to do what they see and start to react to the things that happens in those games.
Video games also increase bullying in a kid life, after they play all those aggressive video games they have the need to deposit all the hate and aggressiveness into others as is to bully other kids. “Dr. Olson points out that violent video games may be related to bullying, which researchers have found to be a risk factor for more serious violent behavior. Therefore, video game playing may have an indirect effect on violent behavior by increasing risk factors for it.” (qtd. Cooper). Moreover it has proven that children who play video games have higher stress levels and more anxiety.
Although that is already 2017 and the technology have changed a lot, the first appearance of video games was in the 70s, though that it is hard to believe in the 70s existed violent video games as in the 2017, Mr.Kooijmans share with us a little be of the video games history. “Video games made their first appearance in the early 1970s. The first generation of games used simple shapes and had minimal interaction. The first game, Pong, attempted to simulate ping pong using two rectangle’s as paddles, and a small square as the ball. The paddles could be controlled by a human player. This game displayed no violent acts or situations though. The first of popular games to be considered violent was Pac Man. This game consisted of a small circle with a mouth that tried to eat pills and destroy ghosts. Although this hardly seems violent by today’s standards, it was one of the first games to involve destruction of any kind.” (qtd. Kooijmans) just as they had violent video games like the one they named “Pac Man” we also have violent video games as is “call of Duty, Far Cry Primal, Doom, Hitman” among others, they represent a high risk in kids now days because those games introduce children into the aggressive world.
Even though there is a big controversy between if video games are good or bad for kids there is those ones who approve them, of course there’s not only aggressive video games, there’s also constructive and educational video games such as Minecraft and LittleBigPlanet, With those games kids can use their imaginations and can educate their brains. Last but not less even that those are educate games parents should be able to keep an eye on their kids.
Playing video games create aggressive behavior in children therefore it is best not allow youth such access, parents should be more aware, dedicated and educated about the topic because at the end of the day kids will stay with an immature mind and would do whatever they thinks is ok for them for the simple fact that no adult is monitoring them as it should be.
In conclusion videos games have became relatively violent over the past couple of decades. This leads us to ask whether there is a correlation between individuals aggression and violent games. Children can easily be influenced by their environments that leads to assumption that video games influence violent and aggressive behaviors in them, based on articles,histories and others, parents should be always monitoring their kids and video games that they are playing, and not only that but the hours that kids are able to play, any kid should be able to play more than 2 hours a day so they can be able to keep their innocence and to still being a kid.