Does playing violent video games affect children and teens?
Scientific research has shown time and again that children learn from what they see on a screen. If they see violence being rewarded, they are going to learn that being aggressive is a good way to get what they want. This belief can have long term effects on children’s behavior.
These effects apply to seeing violence on TV or in the movies, and to playing with violence in video games. In these games, the player is immersed in the action, practicing the shooting or fighting over and over again until they perfect it.
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