By Sierra Hiner
Edited by Staff

Today, kids and adults play video games as if it’s their daily routine. The problem is that kids yearn to have the access to play strong violent games that are rated Mature and could cause them to have behavioral issues.

Adam Lanza, the murderer who shot children and adults, including his own mother, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in 2011, clearly played an excessive amount of violent video games, which could have been a major cause of the shooting. CBS News states, “Law enforcement reportedly discovered a ‘trove’ of violent video games from the shooter’s basement, according to Orr, where the 20-year-old spent hours alone, playing with windows blacked out, honing his computer shooting skills. Lanza also visited gun ranges multiple times with his mother, Nancy.”

We cannot ensure that kids who have played violent video games will not use weapons aggressively in their future, but we can allow them to know how to respectfully acknowledge people around them, and teach them right and wrong.

However, Brad Bushman, a social psychologist at Ohio State University says, “Playing violent video games probably will not turn your child into a psychopathic killer, but I would want to know how the child treats his or her parents, how they treat their siblings, how much compassion they have.” Bushman agrees that a child would most likely not turn into a murderer if they play violent games, but they can seriously affect the others around them with their violent behavior.

    Maybe we should keep in perspective that, while video games may not make you a killer, we should be careful about who we expose to them, and how and when they play the games.

Photo credit to the New York Times