5 Ways Violent Video Games Affect Children

5 Ways Violent Video Games Affect Children

Let’s take a serious look at this. I am not saying that all games are bad, or that all violent games are bad. I do think that it has a profound effect, and I think it’s worth taking a look at. In this episode, I will talk about some of the ways violent video games affect children.

00:24 It happens to all of us
01:38 Alexander Pope’s poem
02:34 Perceived to be normal
05:04 This also applies to adults
06:35 Screen time consumption
08:02 Charlie’s story
10:04 The virtual practice

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Dr. Paul Jenkins

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  1. Fiona Lynch on October 14, 2021 at 8:18 am

    Hi I was wondering if i could use your video in a short film on gaming addiction

  2. Yolanda Sosa on October 14, 2021 at 8:20 am

    My brother plays while I games hes 7

  3. Doomguy Faz3recon on October 14, 2021 at 8:21 am

    5:28 that’s the players fault for being addicted to it because the purpose of games are to be fun and make your life better and also be a therapy

  4. Mohd Hafis on October 14, 2021 at 8:21 am

    Even tho im still young i still play violent video games like wolfenstein, TF2, Doom idc about blood its just an illusion to trick kids

  5. veteran navy on October 14, 2021 at 8:22 am

    This is for spoiled brats. Those of us that didn’t grew up bossing our parents played violent games and are fine . We all had GI Joe, toy guns , bb guns, Rambo video games and soo on. We turned out fine. Most parents of generation z did not let kids play with you guns and did not let them play GTA and you see generation z shooting up everything doesn’t matter the income or race. I find that amazing. Take me I’m gen X we had toy guns that got band because they was doo real, played war and soo fourth but the Gen X mother’s didn’t let there kids play with you guns or got upset when they played with them alot now look at them gen z they shoot poeple and post it live on Instagram. I’m 41 grew up in crack 80s and at one time my city had the highest murder rate and I played with toy guns and remember they tried to band T2 because you shoot cops in the game well I never been to prison neither have my friends and they was from the PJs. I goes back to the parents. Don’t let your kid run over you and also instead of saying " Do as I say not as I do" lead by example. As a parent myself that works better. You can’t be cursing in front of kids as a parent and expect them not to. Watching something on TV is not the same as watching mom or Dad. My parents talked to me they did not just say don’t be like this pimp on tv they explained why not to.

  6. Doomguy Faz3recon on October 14, 2021 at 8:22 am

    10:40 I don’t think a controller is the same as piloting a plane

  7. SHARK-KING on October 14, 2021 at 8:24 am

    Can we just say that video games will no make someone violent? Maybe if the kid had anger issues and they got angry at the game over and over again; That makes sense.
    But we don’t see a violent thing and is just like: Welp I’m gonna go kill someone.

  8. Baba on October 14, 2021 at 8:24 am

    Blaming violence on video games is like blaming car crashes on hot wheels

  9. halt uber on October 14, 2021 at 8:25 am

    Sorry for saying it like that but. Its reality making us kill people in video games. Not vice-versa

  10. Pinglen on October 14, 2021 at 8:26 am

    I have a hard time seeing your point here doctor, if I was calm and collected while I was chopping zombies heads clean off or shooting people in games like call of duty, I wouldn’t really see the problem since I wouldn’t do the same in real life because of common sense, of course you must’ve heard of children shooting their parents with their father’s gun because they took away a console but that rarely happens, and as you continue through the video you talk about video game addiction which is a different subject to me

  11. Yolanda Sosa on October 14, 2021 at 8:27 am

    These people don’t know nothing

  12. fix bayonets on October 14, 2021 at 8:27 am

    You can be desensitized just by watching the local news every morning, because all they cover is rape murder gang violence, and the weather.

  13. OSAS on October 14, 2021 at 8:28 am

    violent video games don’t make serial killers. has been scientifcally proven. It’s much deeper than violent video games. Just like how we don’t know causes a person to be a psycopath.

  14. Me is cool on October 14, 2021 at 8:28 am

    I saw this comment that said “if video games cause violence then hot wheels cause car crashes”

  15. Yolanda Sosa on October 14, 2021 at 8:28 am

    It doesn’t matter people play video games

  16. Doomguy Faz3recon on October 14, 2021 at 8:30 am

    10:33 so you think that video games made some people want to do that? Nothing about who was in charge of their country or anything that went wrong in their lives?

  17. t65o studios on October 14, 2021 at 8:30 am

    yo I kill animals in video games but I still get depressed when I see a cat or dog die

  18. Doomguy Faz3recon on October 14, 2021 at 8:31 am

    11:20 just because I played guitar hero doesn’t mean I know how to play Jordan by buckethead

  19. Buzzpoint on October 14, 2021 at 8:32 am

    Good video

  20. some guy or something Idk on October 14, 2021 at 8:34 am

    This is sad, multiple studies show no connection between videogames and violence

  21. Brother-Sergeant Solus, Meme Deployment Specialist on October 14, 2021 at 8:35 am


  22. Yugoslavian Cat on October 14, 2021 at 8:36 am

    I played games like saints row and call of duty resident evil and all types quote on quote violent video games when i was only 7 years old and i turned out just fine im 13 now and im still playing violent video games

  23. Ofc-Perry on October 14, 2021 at 8:36 am

    I hope you know Violent video games were never mean’t for ”kids” in the first place, that’s the reason why it’s called mature rated. Game developers should never ever make games less violent because of children. It’s mostly the parents fault who buy the video games for children.

  24. Shirley Conrad on October 14, 2021 at 8:37 am

    The boy be playing Mario 64 you get the belts come over here you little shat

  25. Shawn Jones on October 14, 2021 at 8:37 am

    Aother old timer, that doesn’t understand this new generation.

  26. KGK Skull on October 14, 2021 at 8:37 am

    A few of these don’t really hold up. Desensitization won’t really happen because people could always go to see how games used to be or they can look to the future, desensitization would only happen to those who only play in one genre.
    Addiction really only applies to games that have In Game purchases because those cause people to either spend unreasonable amounts for something unnecessary in a game or they do something more kin to gambling ( see EA and Ubisoft for examples)

  27. Taylor Runyons on October 14, 2021 at 8:38 am

    Never hurt me. Played GTA at a young age

  28. chaotic twig on October 14, 2021 at 8:40 am

    Violent video games don’t make me violent. Difficult video games make me violent

  29. Notsussyguy69 on October 14, 2021 at 8:41 am

    No they don’t.

  30. speedyspeed boys on October 14, 2021 at 8:42 am

    I think your just a bad dad no offense of course but you should be able to control your kids

  31. samzxyy on October 14, 2021 at 8:42 am

    I’m 11 and all my frienda are about the same age and we all play call of duty and we’re not physco 😂

  32. Doomguy Faz3recon on October 14, 2021 at 8:45 am

    Isn’t reading not just with books because I am looking at words right now and that is reading

  33. A Marauder Enjoyer on October 14, 2021 at 8:46 am

    Violent video games don’t make me violent… this guy does though

  34. Takeoutant on October 14, 2021 at 8:46 am

    Doesn’t effect me

  35. Harley Collins on October 14, 2021 at 8:47 am

    1. Desensitisation: I completely agree. I have experienced this on my own. But it isn’t "Violent" video games. I had seen how bad it had gotten after I stopped gaming that I had been binge coffee drinking. When I asked my sister: "Those are nice glasses. Did you get them today?" She said she had gotten them 8 months ago and I hadn’t even realised. I am able to stay away from video games, but I’m always up for a game. I WAS desensitised, but not because of violence. In fact, the games I played were stuff like ROBLOX and Minecraft. Sure, Minecraft contains enemy monsters, killing stuff for survival, etc.. but what do you want me to play? Dora? The only punishment for "Losing" is death. That’s the only way. Mario technically dies during Odyssey when he falls off the map. Smash bros, all made by CHILD FRIENDLY GAME DEVELOPERS FROM NINTENDO. On top of this, your brain NATURALLY adapts. Being upside down will become the norm. But you don’t learn off of video games. People have morality, you nincompoop.

    2. Addiction: Interesting. It’s called passion. If a person likes the game, obviously plays the game more. This isn’t "Addiction". If they didn’t like the game, they won’t play it again, will they? How would this even link to violence? Children are children. They learn what they learn at school. They learn their maths, then how to get a job, then life. 7:45. What productivity? They’re children! They’re there to learn off of their parents on how to survive. Once they do, they get their OWN minds. They don’t learn because they kill chickens in Minecraft and think that’s normal.

    3. Wii game story: No, No and No. People do not lose track of time immediately playing a game. In fact, it is very hard unless you are legitimately tired. And if I played desensitised for a year, I think I know what’s going on, Sherlock. I was addicted because I loved the game too much. I went on too often and did it when I was 16. Funny enough how at that year I had severe depression? I had nothing else to do in the world because my mind was simply negative. I used video games as THERAPY.

    Conclusion: My argument is that video games do NOT CAUSE violence or addiction. And before you also begin starting to type a lengthy essay as I have, think about it.
    Video games do more good than bad. You make friends, you can talk to people and learn what they like. You can play games with them together and get tons o’ laughs. You can design whatever your heart desires to be true, or survive in a world of Custom setup. Sure, they make arguments, pedophilia, etc. But that’s guaranteed to happen. You’re never gonna go to a million views Youtube video and see EVERY viewer has liked the video. It’s just not gonna happen.

    Hope you can learn from this, if you need to contact me via email so we don’t extend this onto YouTube, my email is contactable at collinsharley118@gmail.com .

  36. Doomguy Faz3recon on October 14, 2021 at 8:48 am

    Boomer: “screens are bad for your brain!!!” *proceeds to smoke and watch TV all day and think that masks don’t work and that god is real*

  37. Yolanda Sosa on October 14, 2021 at 8:53 am

    It doesn’t matter nothing bad happened

  38. John Doe on October 14, 2021 at 8:54 am

    What does desensitization have to do with ‘violent’ video games couldn’t you say the same thing about any other type of video game? That’s going to happen no matter what change you go through, that’s the nature of things.

    What you are saying, people who play violent video games after long periods of exposure will at one point consider anything ‘violent’ to be normal. I don’t see how this could happen when most people can differentiate video games from reality. If you think this could happen could it also happen with let’s say a fantasy game with fairies and giants. Are they suddenly going to believe in it, because they perceive it as normal?

    If I take off the head of a barbie, does that make me a serial killer? No I am aware that it is made of plastic and even though is supposed to represent an actual person, it’s not even close to one. It can’t think, it’s not even proportionate to a real person first of all. It’s hollow inside. Lifeless. The same applies to video games. No person is real, it’s even less real since all video games are 2D.

    But every video game has a goal, that’s the main component. When you ‘annihilate’ a simulated player like an npc (non playable character), they fall down maybe and that’s it. No consequence, the player doesn’t feel bad. But why? There is an unlimited amount of NPCs. Usually those NPCS are also trying to ‘go after you’ (the player). You ‘kill’ one, another comes back. They ‘kill’ you? You come back. No consequence. It never ends. The NPC you ‘kill’ doesn’t have a family, no identity. They are made up of a bunch of polygons, there just to be there FOR THE PLAYER ONLY. A simulated 3d representation of a purpose made by a programming nerd with a beard.

    If you think the average player doesn’t know this? Then you are wrong. You have no reason to just talk about ‘VIOLENT’ video games. If you are going to discuss video then discuss video games.

  39. SomeSerenity on October 14, 2021 at 8:58 am

    Interesting video. I dont think children should be allowed to play violent video games at all, since such games may also involve other innapropriate content such as swearing. The addiction aspect is a big problem too as it leads to loss of personal responsibility and mental instability. However, I see it a lot like junk food, in the sense that taking in excessive quantities will lead to health issues, yet its okay to have it in smaller portions. There are simulation games that are violent yet can be useful for learning, such as a game called ARMA, which was used by the U.S. military to get a grasp on how things work.

  40. James Wright on October 14, 2021 at 9:00 am


  41. Doomguy Faz3recon on October 14, 2021 at 9:00 am

    7:48 like what I’m just a kid

  42. Da Science Guy on October 14, 2021 at 9:02 am

    What do I do about video game addiction in my 11 year old son? It’s a big problem. He’s playing a sports game right now…not violent, but he’s so addicted. He gets really angry when he loses his screen time, yelling I hate you, sometimes kicking his brothers, or breaking things. He refuses to go to school unless promised video games. Thank you. -Lindsey

  43. Doomguy Faz3recon on October 14, 2021 at 9:02 am

    Fun fact: violent video games actually help your brain

  44. Doomguy Faz3recon on October 14, 2021 at 9:04 am

    0:28 that doesn’t happen but ok

  45. KGK Skull on October 14, 2021 at 9:05 am

    Why does everyone only talk about violent video games, when there are so many other kinds, like puzzle games, point and click, story driven, adventure, RPG, platformer. Seriously so many genres get ignored all because people want attention. Even though people could get both positive feedback and attention if they talk about the good parts of video games that absolutely outweigh the bad.

  46. Rishard Linson on October 14, 2021 at 9:07 am

    You lack tangible and practical data most of what you said was just purely anecdotal and you have no statistics do back up any claim that video games makes people violent I strongly recommend you watch GameTheorists video *do video games truly make people violent*

  47. Hunter ‘N’ Bravo on October 14, 2021 at 9:09 am

    I play so many violent and horrible games and they never hurt me

  48. DoctaTofen115 on October 14, 2021 at 9:09 am

    It honestly depends on how the kid is. Like the maturity, and age.

  49. BingoBongoBogo on October 14, 2021 at 9:14 am

    I played Halo when I was 4 and never stopped playing it. Im completely fine.

  50. samzxyy on October 14, 2021 at 9:17 am


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