In an article that I read by Gerard Jones, titled Violent Media Is Good For Kids, I was introduced to a story about how a young 13 year old boy, who was shy and felt alone had learned to be a proud and confident young man solely because of the Incredible Hulk’s big bad persona. In today’s day and age, that similar story probably happens way more than we would expect it to. Young teenagers who are shy and keep to themselves, learn to be confident and bold individuals because of the way their favorite video game character carries themselves. Kids are starting to play violent video games at an incredible young age, and it shows through the way they play, and interact with their friends.
Children as young as 5 or so are playing very violent shooter games such as Call of Duty, and Halo, as well as numerous others, but not only are they learning what goes on in war and fights, the incredible amount of violence, but the adult vernacular as well. Now, at first you think oh this is horrible, kids should be playing with blocks and sports balls, not guns and fake grenades. But in the big scheme of things, kids growing up with that early and constant presence of violent media are actually more likely to be safe with real guns as well as be more social, out-going , and well-rounded individuals. It is the same kids that are outside playing with Nerf guns all afternoon, every possible day, that are the successful business men and women of our society.
Next time you think about taking a toy gun away from a young child and giving them a slap on the hand, I’d like for you to think about the importance of that abstract learning tool that you are taking right out of that kid’s hand