Negative Effect of Video Games on Children

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Negative effect of video games on children

VIOLENCE
Many of today's video games, especially suitable for young boys, focus their attention on violent acts, whether it be through weapons, verbal abuse, or fighting. Young minds are easily molded through the violence in these games, leading them to believe that weapons and fighting are standard in today's society. In order to instill the most positive values in these young boys, parental guidance is necessary in controlling the video games to which children are exposed. Helping them to distinguish between reality and video games is a key responsibility of parents and guardians. INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR

Most often going hand in hand with violent acts, today's video games are also infested with many forms of inappropriate behavior. It is not uncommon for young boys to observe scantily clad women representing many of today's celebrities (take, for example, a reproduction of Angelina Jolie in Tomb Raider). Often times with this sort of behavior in video games, many young boys may learn that disrespect towards women is accepted in today's society. WASTED TIME

Although many of today's video games are vital learning tools, there are also quite a number of games that simply waste time. At an age when children should be learning to build strong social relationships, many of them lack the communication skills because they spend most of their valuable time alone, engaged in video games. Such video games do not instill any values in our children, let alone teach them to build growing relationships or communication skills. On top of lack-luster communication, these games are also promoting idleness, therefore contributing to the childhood obesity epidemic. Uncontrolled weight gain is already very hard to manage as children begin to mature. With obesity being one of the top diseases in the U.S. today, it is apparent that parents should have time limitations and control over how often their children are exposed to video games....
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