May 8th, 2012
There has been a lot of controversy over the video games that contain violence, nudity, sex, racism, and provocative factors. Many experts believe that excessive playing of such games have a negative impact on the kids in all age groups. They say that the closeness to reality makes these games more provocative. These games have been blamed for the increased crime and violence among the kids. Now, on the other hand, some media experts say that video games are easy targets in today's society. They can be easily blamed for the current problems in the society. Till now there has been a lack of research to prove the direct connection between the aggression among the kids who play these games and the increased violence. Moreover, some positive effects have been found out in these kids like teal-play. Whatever the reasons and effects are, parents should study the behavior of their kids and then decide whether to stop kids from playing violent games online or not.
The Harvard Medical School Center for Mental Health and The British Medical Journal have found out conclusive connection between these video games and violence.
In 1976 came the Death Race, a game that started the new genre of violent games. This game created a havoc in the US. Games like Mortal combat were criticized heavily for the sheer violence they promoted. It was one of the most violent video games ever made. The game is still popular among many. Vice city was a game based on mafia theme. The ethnic groups like Haitian and Cuban refugees are used as characters in this game. This game also caused a great controversy. There were games in the past that were based on sexual references and nudity. Rapelay was a game that attracted harsh criticism, for it revolved around rapes. Eventually, the game was banned. Some games have been severely criticized for being the agents of behavioral issues in crimes like shooting in schools.
If your kid is small and have started playing simulation games, you must understand the basics of this industry and different license codes that define for whom the game is made. Below is the list of all the codes.
E: These games are meant for everyone. They have soft content.
E10+: These are meant for children above age 10. These games contain some violence.
T: These are meant for teenagers. You need to be careful about these games. Their may be some games that are too violent for a teenager.
M: This license is given to the games containing more sexual and violent themes
AO: These games are meant only for the people above age 18. Be careful about these games and check whether your kids are not playing the games in this category.
See if your kid's behavior has changed. Anxiety is a common problem in all kids; however, kids may not express it in a similar way. They may not express it at all. If your kid is getting violent when anxious, it is an alarming thing.
It is your kid. You know him or her better. Do not try to go against him or her if you find him or her playing violent games. If your kid is addicted to such games, at least try to keep a warm atmosphere in your home and give him or her ample of space and time to relax. Check out his or her other interests and try building on of those. Your kid may stop kids from playing violent games online on his or her own after some time.
You may not understand what your kid loves so much about a certain game. Well, do not try to shut it down. Let him or her play for a while. Love is important. It changes the person. If kids are vulnerable to violence, so they are to love.