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Real Talk: Is Video Game Violence Impacting My Child?

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Video Game Violence is Very Real and It Should be Discussed at Government Levels to Help Bring Up Better Children for the Future of This Nation

The statistics are alarming. According to a recent study by Children Now, up to 89 percent of video games include violent content. Unfortunately, that’s not the worst of it. A Journal of Electronic Media study found that in 98 percent of games analyzed, violence went unaddressed—and unpunished. In over 50 percent of the same games, aggressors were rewarded for violent behavior. The same study found that children playing these video games for at least 40 minutes a day may encounter over 5,400 monthly acts of violence. If you spend much time researching video game violencethe impact of video games on kids, you’re likely to come to mixed conclusions. Some studies indicate that children are more likely to engage in fights, become aggressive with peers and act out at home if they play violent console and PC games regularly, while other studies conclude there’s no proven link between video game violence and real-world aggression. So what should we think?Like many other parents you may be concerned about the violence your child consumes—on TV, in magazines and in video games. And while you’re concerned about whether that violence is impacting their behavior, there’s more to consider, here. Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (ESV)

Based on this verse, it’s important for us to think about the context of video game violence—and aggression in general. Is some of it “just” and “honorable”? Yes. However, the gratuitous, gory—and repeated—video game violence against unarmed defenders, women and children should cause parents to take pause. Whether you’re seeing behavior changes at home or not, it’s likely your child is emotionally, psychologically and spiritually affected by the media they consume. Do we really want to take that chance?

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