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Video games have been a part of childrens life for the past fewdecades Video games are almost second nature to modern children andthey are very comfortable playing them Video games will turnthirty-eight in 2011 The industry that started with Pong is now a 10billion dollar industry a year These days video games have becomeextremely popular and it affects children age 4 all the way to 45year-old adults Playing video games can have many different effectswhile there are few positive effects such as improving hand-eyecoordination and sharpen memory but there are a lot of harmful effectsThe harmful aspects of playing video games on children are increasingaggressive behaviors and decreasing the desire to do other activitiessuch as studying and sports Most of the bad effects of video games areblamed on the violence they contain Children who play more violentvideo games are more likely to have increased aggressive thoughtsfeelings and behaviours and decreased prosocial helping According toa scientific study Anderson Bushman 2001 the effect of video gameviolence in kids is worsened by the games interactive nature In manygames kids are rewarded for being more violent The act of violence isdone repeatedly The child is in control of the violence andexperiences the violence in his own eyes killings kicking stabbingand shooting This active participation repetition and reward areeffective tools for learning behavior Some video games teach kids thewrong values Negotiating and other non-violent solutions are often notoptions When playing online your kid can pick up bad language andbehavior from other people and may make your kid
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