This popular form of media has both positive and negative effects on children.
Video Games and Children: Playing with Violence No. Video gaming is a multibillion-dollar industry bringing in more money than movies and DVDs.
On average, girls spend more than an hour per day playing video games and boys spend more than two hours. Teens often spend even more time than younger children. Video games have become very sophisticated and realistic.
Some games connect to the internet, which can allow children and adolescents to play games and have discussions with unknown adults and peers.
While some games have educational content, many of the most popular games emphasize negative themes and promote: The killing of people or animals The use and abuse of drugs and alcohol Criminal behavior, disrespect for authority and the law Sexual exploitation and violence toward women Racial, sexual, and gender stereotypes Foul language and obscene gestures Store-bought video games are evaluated by the Electronic Software Ratings Board ESRB and rated for their appropriateness for children and teens.
The ratings are featured prominently on the game packaging. Studies of children exposed to violent media have shown that they may become numb to violence, imitate the violence, and show more aggressive behavior.
Younger children and those with emotional, behavioral or learning problems may be more influenced by violent images. In moderation, playing age-appropriate games can be enjoyable and healthy. Some video games may promote learning, problem solving and help with the development of fine motor skills and coordination.
However, there are concerns about the effect of video games on young people who play videogames excessively. Children and adolescents can become overly involved with videogames. They may have difficulty controlling the amount of time they play. Spending excessive time playing these games can lead to: Less time socializing with friends and family Poor social skills Time away from family time, school work, and other hobbies Lower grades Less exercise and becoming overweight Decreased sleep and poor quality sleep Aggressive thoughts and behaviors Parents can help their children enjoy these video games appropriately and avoid problems by: Your support will help us continue to produce and distribute Facts for Families, as well as other vital mental health information, free of charge.
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Teens often spend even more time than younger children. Video games have become very sophisticated and realistic.
Some games connect to the internet, which can allow children and adolescents to play games and have discussions with unknown adults and peers. The best way to understand the effects of video games on school performance is to conduct randomized, controlled experiments.
As I've already noted, these are in short supply. But one exception is a small experiment conducted by . The Impact of Video Games Video games are a unique form of entertainment because they encourage players to become a part of the game's script. Although video games have been available for more than 30 years, today's sophisticated video games require players to pay constant attention to the game.
This article was originally published with the title "How Violent Video Games Really Affect Kids" Further Reading. The Ambiguity of Play.
Brian Sutton-Smith. The Impact of Video Games Video games are a unique form of entertainment because they encourage players to become a part of the game's script. Although video games have been available for more than 30 years, today's sophisticated video games require players to pay constant attention to the game.