Chapter 7 First Impression

I never grow up playing video games, unless Wii counts. I do, however, see how violent some games are and it is scary that kids are able to access such inappropriate content. I do not think that every child who plays say Black Ops, will grow up to become an aggressive adult, but, on the other hand, I do not see any value in those types of video games.

There are age restrictions for purchase of certain video games, and there are the warnings of ’17+’ on the package, but that does not stop preteens and young children from playing. It is very surprising to me as well that parents would allow their child to play such violent games for hours on end.

I do not want violent video games to be banned though, because I believe that at a certain age, you can be exposed to that type of inappropriate content. At what age though? I would not want my eleven year old sister to be playing a non- age appropriate video game, but at a certain age, I think she will be able to make her own decisions on what she does.

As an adult, you are able to make decisions between right and wrong. You understand that murder and theft are wrong and not accepted by society. A young kid, does not know that. They grow up being exposed to a fake reality which is not conducive to their well being.


One thought on “Chapter 7 First Impression

  1. Hi Ally!
    I also grew up only playing wii, and I also never had any interest in playing the violent videogames my brothers were playing. I also agree that perhaps the absolute banishment of violent video games is not the answer, because once people are older they are able to make wise decisions and keep the violence virtual. Younger people, however, tend to overimitate and have a harder time separating what is acceptable in a virtual world and what is acceptable in the real one. In violent video games, people tend to be rewarded and credit and points when they kill and injure others. This form of vicarious reinforcement is a large reason this violence can find its way into real life; younger children have a harder time separating acceptable and rewarding actions in a game and acceptable and rewarding actions in real life, thus resulting in observational learning.

    Very thoughtful first impression!


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