Violent Media is Good for Kids?

Many children in America are sheltered. Sheltered as in their parents are afraid for them so they will constantly try to keep their child from any danger and/or violence. Of course every parent would never want to see their child get hurt, or be put in a  dangerous situation, or expose them to the evils of the world they do not yet know about or understand. But most parents think that in order to stop these ideas early to try to prevent any sort of conflicting violence, that they should cut out anything and everything that has to do with violence in their children’s lives. They try to steer clear of the shooting video games and revengeful TV shows or movies. Parents try to teach their kids to be nice and to put all of their rage aside and be good little boys and girls. But did you know that rage can be an energizing emotion?

Yes, children feel rage just as we do. Even the most adorable, sweetest little angels with baby blue eyes feel violence, anger, rage and hate. Even if their parents try to teach them differently; it is a natural emotion, a natural feeling that you cannot take away no matter how hard you try. What’s best is to express to your children, or any children for that matter, to be aware and to understand these feelings, and that you do not necessarily need to take it out on someone or something in order to get past it. The feeling is uncontrollable, but it can be altered. Teaching your children to express their feelings through words instead of actions can be another alternative to get over their rage and/or anger.

On the other hand, you do not have to cut out violent video games and television shows, but you could limit how much of it they do watch. Melanie Moore, a psychologist who works with urban teens explains “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.” Even those imaginary powers can help kids overcome insecurities, and become more of a social butterfly who knows and understands how to control his/her feelings and emotions. Gerard Jones expresses this idea in saying “Pretending to have superhuman powers helps children conquer the feelings of powerlessness that inevitably come with being so young and small. The dual-identity concept at the heart of many superhero stories helps kids negotiate the conflicts between the inner self and the public self as they work through the early stages of socialization. Even destructive heroes help children learn to push back against modern culture that cultivates fear and teaches dependency.”

In every child there is a little superhero that wants to come out. Not all children choose to be involved with violence, but keeping it from them is no way to let them live either. They need to know and understand what they are feeling and to find additional alternatives to healthily rid these hateful and raging emotions to ensure they have a more successful, happy future without confusion between what is reality and what is imaginary.

Not to mention, you never want a child to grow up impatient with anger problems. Especially not like this angry little girl here.


4 thoughts on “Violent Media is Good for Kids?

  1. I do agree with this article very much. I believe there is such thing as being to sheltered, but on the other hand there are parents out there that do not have any control over there children and you can tell how they are raised. No matter how much you shelter your child they will always, somehow find a way to be exposed t anger and violence. Turning on the TV today you are not able to find fighting, bulling, violence, and even sexual contact. Conflict is good for your child sometimes. It shows them they are not perfect. Parents think their children are perfect like angels and do nothing wrong. Just like the little girl in the video she can not control her mouth or when she becomes angry she gets mad and yells at the screen because she can not sing. You can always tell how people are raised, by the way the are acting in public. Their for yes, you need to protect your children but also need to let them learn right from wrong on there own. But you should discipline your child when needed.

  2. The problem with society today is we are becoming more and more desensitized to the violence we see on a daily basis. Violence is not only prevalent in video games but also on television shows, even the news. This affects adults too, but kid’s minds are an open book for information. They are easily influenced. Their young minds don’t quite know how to process everything they are seeing and doing. This is what parent’s are for. Parent’s can’t totally protect their kids from the world and shield them from all the bad things. However, they need to prepare them for the realities of the world by taking time with their kids, talking with them and teaching them how to think their way through (not react to) a situation. Unfortunately, most parents today are too busy, stressed and overworked to actively participate in their children’s lives. Video games are no substitute for the love and guidance of a devoted parent. Regrettably, not only are we too busy for our families, we are too busy for God too. By removing God from our lives, we have lost the barometer that points us in the right direction, and we’re losing our way. We don’t have to turn to violence to build ourselves up and have superhuman powers, we need to turn to God and trust in His power. With God’s superhuman powers within us, we can walk in love, live truly happy lives, and navigate our way through a corrupt world.

  3. I agree with this blog on certain levels. I agree that kids should be taught to deal with anger or rage rather than to simply ignore it, thus causing long term problems such as anger issues. I disagree with the blog that violent video games should be allowed but in moderation. I believe that all shooting/violent/anger-filled games should be taken off the market completely, especially for children. The problem with children and video games is that they see something and take direct influence from it. The games cause anger or rage in children, in my opinion. There is so much violence in the world just in the past century, I do firmly believe its from anger filled video games/ violent movies. Children should learn how to express their anger verbally in a calm manor rather than physically, that I firmly agree on. I think that parents should find a sport or outdoor activity for their kids so they can channel their pent up aggression. Sports are a great way to let loose and get endorphins flowing for children and adults alike. Endorphins are natural anti-depressants and one of the best feelings to have to some people. Overall I feel as though kids should be more sheltered at the end of the day, whether it be from bad adult video games, unlimited web access, and to even PG13 movies. I feel if kids were more sheltered and protected as well as being active in a sport or activity they love the world would be a much better place, without children with anger issues causing havoc. I also loved the video that was posted along with this blog, it was very entertaining and went with the article well.

  4. I agree with what this article says about over protective parents and sheltered children. Some parents need to let their children out and let them find out how life is. Some parents wont let their kids play sports because they fear that they are going to get injured. Some parents have to know every singe detail about their kids life to make sure that they’re alright. Most of the time those kids end up hating their parents, and at the first glance of freedom they end up doing things that they regret for the rest of their lives. However, there are also some parents who don’t take enough care of their children. These parents let their young teenagers roam the streets at late hours of the night. Most of the time these kids get caught up with the wrong people and fall into bad habits like doing drugs and other illegal things. Those parents have to keep their kids accountable and take the time to teach them moral values.

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