Should Parents be Concerned?


video-game-kidToo much of any habit can bring trouble. If video games are used in excess, becoming a huge part of a child’s life, then of course they are going to have a negative impact on his/her mind. Likewise, restricting video games completely from a child’s life can prevent them from experiencing its benefits. Since we are used to hearing stories about the damage that video games cause in a child’s mind and how negatively it impacts their future, we do not even take the chance to read about the other side of the story.  Most parents are so closed minded about how emotions that are created through video games, such as “fear, greed, power-hunger, and rage” (Jones 37), will have a negative effect on their kids. According to psychologist Melanie Moore, “Children need violent entertainment in order to explore the inescapable feelings that they’ve been taught to deny, and to reintegrate those feelings into a more whole, more complex, more resilient selfhood” (Jones 37). I agree with psychologist Moore and Gerard Jones’s stand on this topic; children need to be exposed to this type of entertainment to become more self-confident and to even overcome some fears. Even being exposed to superheroes, which use their superpowers to overcome obstacles that come their way, can help young kids “conquer the feelings of powerlessness” (Jones 37). On the other side, some parents simply do not care about the violent content their kids are being exposed to. Though video games can be helpful and beneficial to children, they must be used in the right way. In this case, the role of parents is to make sure their kids “use those stories healthily” (Jones 37). In my opinion, it is critical to prevent kids from taking the negative effects of the violence shown in video games; this problem can only be avoided if parental supervision is consistent while their children play. If video games are used moderately and under supervision, they can be very beneficial to most children’s emotional development.

Works cited: 

Kirszner, Laurie, and Stephen Mandell. “Violent Media is Good For Kids.” Critical   Argument. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2011. Print.

Image:

http://www2.macleans.ca/2011/04/05/study-violent-games-turn-kids-into-jerks/

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2 thoughts on “Should Parents be Concerned?

  1. I think you had a few really good points in your blog. You were exactly right, I do only hear about the negative affects about video games. I am a little curious about why you agree with Melanie Moore when she said “Children need violent entertainment in order to explore the inescapable feelings that they’ve been taught to deny, and to reintegrate those feelings into a more whole, more complex, more resilient selfhood.” Like you said, it is so hard to focus on the positive when the negative aspects are always the issue at hand. Especially with today’s video game designs there are a lot more opportunities to provide education to children while they still have a chance to have fun playing! I think that they should just do away with all the video games rated M for mature and only have games like we did when we were younger, like Mario Kart.

  2. Reading through the blog, I can agree with you on some points. Parents are never able to fully protect their kids from today’s violent world. I definitely agree that parents should filter what their kids watch or do, no matter how hard it can be. But what really concerns me about your post is, that you are quoting psychologist Melanie Moore and Gerard Jones. I could agree with them that kids can have violence in them as the part of the human inheritance, and that they need superheroes to which they can look-up. I think that Jones is talking more about the heroes from the old fashioned comic books; where evil is overcome by a good superhero. Today, I read in a book that there are games that will give a player more points if they will kill a cop or shoot someone in the head instead of any other body part. It doesn’t seem to me like a heroic type of the game that would be good for a kid or anyone to play. Sadly what was meant to be an entertainment became violent. I agree that parents cannot protect a kid from every violent thing; I don’t even think they should. But I think that they should filter what they kids are feeding themselves with: games, TV, Internet and etc.

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