do video games cause bad bahaviour in children?
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Yes they do! My brother has recently found his love forthe xbox. He has bought games for example call of duty very violent games. He is glued to the t.v where he has the games. He now has started all these habits for example making his eyes bigger and sucking his bottom lip. It absolutly cause bad behaviour in child. They think violance is ok. There are my points.
Perhaps the parents need to step in instead of letting this behaviour persist? If they kid is developping bad habits or bad behaviours, it needs to be taught that what it is doing is wrong. You can't just except the kid to automatically "know" right off the bat. No matter how basic the thought process seems to you.
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A very small number of people who are already mentally unstable may indeed have been influenced to violent crimes by video games. But in these cases, the problem lies with the people, and not with the games themselves.
The idea that video gaming leads to violence is largely media hype. In many of the so-called video game inspired killings, police have found no evidence that the game was what caused the crime. It was just a coincidence that the killer played games. In an age when almost all teenagers played games, it's hardly surprising that many killers happened to play them too - the media might as well have printed "Teen Goes On Murder Rampage After Texting A Friend" or "16-Year-Old Shoots His Parents After Watching James Bond".
Bad behaviour on kids that play video games are mostly due to frustration. If they are bad loosers they tend to get verbaly violent, at the very least. Parents need to step up and help their kid realize what he's doing. Video games can make kids violent, but only when playing them, although the frustration can last for some time after and they can still be offensive/agressive towards others.
Parents need to be careful though, because when the kid is in an agressive mood, being agressive towards him will only make it worse.
There's also the situation where the kid is too addicted, and can't let go of games to do anything else. Parents will progressively pressure him to stop playing so much or to do his homework, or to help with the dishes or whatever, and the kid will progressively become more irritated, to the point that he starts becoming a problem.
As an example, recently here in my area, a 15 year old kid stabbed his mother (fortunately she's ok) because she hid his keyboard so that maybe he could study a bit more and be less immersed in games. This doesn't mean games made him do it. Maybe he even played minesweeper all the time. Well, that's unlikely... but I'm still more inclined to believe that the respect his mother failed to impose during his growth had more to do with it than anything else. Plus, his addiction.
In conclusion for this case, I think yes, video games can cause bad behaviour in kids. Not because they are violent or anything else of that kind, but because they are addicting, or because the kid is frustrated or angry at them.
On the subject of more extreme cases, I doubt games can influece that. Someone here mentioned murders and I feel like developing on that matter, since Ive seen the media accuse lots of stuff for certain unfortunate events. Games, music, certain movies, etc.
Mentaly deranged people are susceptible to become exceptionaly violent or even killers, whether they play video games, watch southpark, go for a walk, get drunk, watch the everyday violent movies, or even if they watch Bambi.
The type of medium they consume or their daily habits aren't directly related to their propensity to comit murder. It's often something much bigger than that, and it's often a conviction or some kind of weird ambition they have. And it's all in their head, not in the games they play or the music they hear.
In my country, many years ago, a guy killed his parents, stabbed during their sleep. The media made a huge fuss about it and blamed black metal, since the guy had a black metal band. Well, the guy was into anti-christian rituals, and all that crappy stuff, so it's more likely that the Necronomicon or dark ritual books or some shit like that influenced him, than the music genre.
Well, I'm a metal lover, and I know many other metal guys, and I can say that most of them are just as good or as bad as anyone else I know. I don't know anyone that is into dark rituals in the metal scene, and none of them ever shown to be weirdly violent in any way.
Take a look at this video: http://www.youtube.com/
And take a look at the videos in the description too.
This is what makes them murderers. Mental deficiency.
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yes they do because every single bad behaved kid that i have ever seen i have herd go on and on and on about playing stupid video games. Not only do they in fact roit you mind they also take away from you studie time wich makes you fail too. Violaint games may also cause a great behaviour problem because of the mindless graphics and swaring. Personaly i do think a vast majiourty of children should not be alowed to play such games. And parents are you proud to see you kid blow a persons head off. If you would never want them to see or do it real life then why alow them to do it in a video game.
I used to play Carmageddon and Postal, and any other extremely violent games I could find, and I never went ou the door trampling people with my car or shooting people or peeing onto them (as you can do in Postal 2). Now that I'm much older, and I don't think my mind has rotten, nor I have ever done any harm to anyone.
One thing you say is perfectly true, though:
a vast majiourty of children should not be alowed to play such games.
Since most games are rated M or T and still there's lots of 6-16 year old kids play them. I'm more worried about the range of 6-12, though.
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Just cuz your brother makes gun noises doesn't mean anything, if all you want him to do is shut up cuz it get on your nerves, then its your problem. its not like he is taking a BB gun and shooting ppls eyes out, he's just playing the game like everyone else who want to enjoy it. I play plenty of games and when i was younger i would do the same thing, how else would you correctly be able to play cops and robbers when you were eight? i grew up with those games and i love them. some things have gone to far, like kids getting pissed because some guy was hard scoping, ohh boohoo, get a life. i think that went to far. if your brother starts cursing, then that is bad behavior.
There have been no conclusive studies so far linking violence to video games at an early age even though children are likely to engage in behavior through imitation. There are many studies pointing to theories that violent video games are connected to the rate of violence and recidivism in young children but these studies are controversial themselves and have even been found to be inconclusive. Therefore, i would support the argument that young children do not adopt violent behavior just by looking at video games. There have to be other factors involved.
First of all, it's "behaviour" or "behavior" if you are doing the American spelling. Secondly, perhaps when a child views a very graffic video game, the child then might go out and try to "replicate" what they saw on the video game. And to an outsider viewing this replication, they would deem that what the child is doing is "bad behaviour". But what people need to realize is that kids will replicate what they see other people do. If they are not taught that what they are doing is wrong, or mean, or rude or just not socially acceptable, they will do it. Why else wouldn't they? We are not born good or bad, we grow up and learn from the parents we have, the people we live around and the environment we are thrust into (aka society, culture, geographical location).
And of course in some situations they might still do it even after being taught that it is wrong, but that calls for more disciplining until they finally get it. If the parent keeps on this, soon enough the child might begin understanding the difference between the things they view on TV or in video games from what really goes on in real life.
And if the child persists with extremely bad behaviour, you may just have a kid that has a slight mental disability. And I am not automatically saying that they are "handicapped" but perhaps they don't have the physical ability (aka their brain cannot actually process) consequences, or perhaps they don't feel remorse. Somewhere up there with all the neurons firing there could be something physical that is going wrong... it is different with every child.
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I play video games all the time, and do you see me on the news for killing people? Yeah, I didn't think so. It's not the video games thats causing people to hurt others, its the fact that most parents don't know how to raise kids, or just the fact that the kid could be crazy..you never know these days. But you can't blame video games for how kids act.
No, I don't think that such a thing could, by itself, cause bad behaviour in a child. It is more likely to be an assimilation of different factors that constitutes the 'badness'. We shouldn't be asking whether the video game causes bad behaviour, but instead whether the fact that the child grew up in an environment where they could buy a violent game contributed to the badness.