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  1. Aggressive behavior is promoted through violent video games
  2. Video games without violence actually have a positive effect on children

Children are vital part of the information age. Information is shared quicker today than ever before. This allows trends to prevail quicker than ever before as well. One phenomena that seemed to be a trend, is becoming an actual rite of passage for children. Video games are in almost every household in the nation. However, the trend surrounding violent video games has seemed to be the subject of attention. Multiple studies identify the effects of violent video games in regard to children. Video games can have both positive and negative effects on children, depending on the nature of the game.

[...] To combat the adverse effects of violent video games, a parent could refuse to buy the game or limit the amount of time the child plays the game. The parent should note the possible effects that are associated with playing a violent video game for over 5 hours per week. If the parent would like to see their child improve in various areas, they can purchase games without violence. As research revealed, video games can have a positive effect on children. Works Cited Anderson, C. A., Gentile, D. A., & Buckley, K. E. (2007). Violent video game effects on children and adolescents. New York: Oxford University Press. [...]

[...] Gee, J. P. (2007). Good video games+ good learning: Collected essays on video games, learning, and literacy. New York: P. Lang. Silvern, S. B., & Williamson, P. A. (1987). The effects of video game play on young children's aggression, fantasy, and prosocial behavior. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 453-462. [...]

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