Violence in video games and children – conclusion

Such higher-order thought processes is, however, what this paper contends may be lacking in children whose brains are at developmental stages. In children who play video games, therefore, delineating the virtual world from the real world may necessitate the guidance of an adult. With children increasingly spending time either alone or with peers as modern families transition to two working parents, the opportunity of an adult to guide children into realizing the differences between the virtual world and reality may be lost. Accordingly, based on the evidence from research indicating some association between violent video games and violent tendencies, and social discourse supporting such findings, exposure to violent video games appears to attenuate the expected response when facing real life violence. Accordingly, a policy to check the proliferation of violent video games is necessary.

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