SACRAMENTO - Do you pay close attention to what your kids watch on television? How about whatvideo games they play? Many parents do not, and researchers at parenting.com wanted to investigate whethera direct link could made between between violence in the media and violent behavior in children.
Information gleaned from the parenting.comstudy found that 90 percent of movies, 68 percentof video games, and 60 percentof TV shows show some depictions of violence. But despite the extensive amount of violence,parents arenot helpless to control the amount of violence to whichtheir children areexposed.
Parenting.com put suggested avoiding some of the most violent video games, such as"Mortal Combat", "Dead Space 2", "Medal of Honor", "Assassin's Creed", "Halo", and "Call of Duty".
According to the Hartford Courant, when police searchedAdam Lanza's home following the Newtown massacre, they found thousands of dollars worth of violent video games. "Call of Duty" was reported to be a favorite of Lanza.
Ali Syed, the 20-year-old community college studentwho shot and killed three people before turning the gun on himselfin Orange County earlier this month was alsodescribed as an obsessive gamer who lived with his parents.
Parenting.com found that no single factor that can make a non-violent person act violently, but prolonged exposure to violence in the media presents arisk factor.
Researchers advise parents tofollow ratings on games. Also, they suggest keepinggames out ofthe bedroom and in the living room where they can be viewed as children play.Another tip offered by researchers was torent before buying. That way, parents can playthe game togauge the level of violence.
When it comes to television programming,researchers suggest parentsrecordprograms prior to allowing their children to watch. Thisoffersmore control over what children actually see, researchers say.
YouTube presents another good option as parents can createtheir ownG-rated channel.