Not to be mean, but you guys are sort of over protective.I am shocked and appalled at the graphic violence in today's movies and other media.
I am in the IT field, and I recently talked to a maker of video games. I suggest that some of these teens and young males spend some time in places like Syria, Iraq, and areas in Africa with civil conflict. ) teens in western countries don't get to experience the horrors of war? A friend of my husband recommended it saying how beautiful the scenery was.
I was told that they are getting constant requests from fans to make the games "darker". Then they would have a chance to see some "real" darkness, that would soon have them curled in a ball and weeping with terror. Sure the Rocky Mountains are beautiful, they are shamed with the violence, both of the subject and the simple graphic kind.
I think that's what pretty much we think when it comes to violence.
It's maybe just best for kids to resolve conflict through empathy, compassion, and self-control. Violence is usually replaced with justice and victor. However, in action movies, kids don't normally pay attention to the violence but all the excitement behind it.
Children who are exposed to multiple risk factors -- including aggression and conflict at home -- are the most likely to behave aggressively.
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Heavy exposure to violent media can lead to desensitization, too. A study by the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania found that parents who watched a lot of movies were more likely to say it was OK for younger kids to watch movies that had R-rated violence and sexual content.
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So how can you as a parent manage media violence in your kids' lives?
As Common Sense Media's parenting editor, Caroline helps parents make sense of what’s going on in their kids' media lives.