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Video Game Violence Enhancement Amongst Adolescents
by Sawyer Betchart
Wednesday Dec 11th, 2019 5:48 PM
This Op-Ed is on the violence enhanced in youth from the use of video games, especially violent ones. Video games can increase negative behaviors such as bullying and having aggressive mindsets to certain situations amongst young children. These games are advertised to teens, yet children of all ages are receiving access to them.
From countless experiences, to relative research, it is clear that violent video games are affecting the emotions and actions of youth in plain sight. Beyond today’s parents, the culture and gaming community have normalized mature gaming for minors who have a console or any device compatible with software that allows such games. Violent video games are more accessible than ever, with doorstep delivery and online rentals, there is no need to even go to the store and purchase these programs. The only thing required is a credit/debit card and address. There is a suggested age rating to play these games, which means parents are allowing their children to access these games even if they may not be mature enough to play. The responsibility stems from parents, educators and policy makers to enforce when it is appropriate to introduce children to these violent games.

Another issue is the live chat option that you can get with any console to communicate with other gamers that are of all ages. I have seen this from personal experience from my brothers and nephew having online friends 10+ years older than them teaching them vulgar and aggressive phrases. This increases their behavior behind the screen while playing too, by being more competitive and hostile. Personally, I feel that parents globally, need to step up and bring awareness amongst their children and others around them. With increased amounts of school shootings and digital threats increasing by the day, there needs to be action taken. Our future as a society is in the hands of the youth, so investing now will ultimately benefit everyone in terms of longevity.
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