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Violent Games Can Hinder Development of Empathy in Children, says Study

Although there's yet to be a study that conclusively proves a direct causal relationship between video game violence and real-life violence, psychologists are continuing to examine the effect violent media can have on children. A new study by Simmons College Communications Professor Edward T. Vieira, Jr., Ph.D. and published in the 2011 spring/summer edition of the Journal of Children and Media, notes that violent video game exposure can actually hinder a child's moral development.

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Focker4202486d ago (Edited 2486d ago )

I've been playing video games nearly all my life and I'm one of the most empathetic persons I know. I always feel bad when someone/something is injured or dies. I even feel bad when I kill spiders. I don't wish harm on anyone (unless they really deserve it) or on anything, but killing is a way of life and even though I feel bad about it its still a necessity.

I think video games are an escape from reality, and they should always be taught as such. Kids are impressionable, and that why good parenting is required when exposing kids to any kind of medium. Kids are usually desensitized when parents aren't doing their job and its not just video games. TV, movies, books, music, and even art can all have an effect on a child.

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