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There are lots of great video console games and online multiplayer games that are suitable for children and teens.
But some of the most attractive and compelling games are extremely violent, bloody and gory and feature very strong language and sexual exploitation. Some research claims that these games encourage violent behaviour in the real world. Some research shows the exact opposite. But certainly many people believe these games can have a bad influence. Indeed lawsuits have been filed (unsuccessfully) in the United States against the developers of Grand Theft Auto after some young people had committed murders in ways that were very similar to incidents in the game.
Some games are so fascinating and compelling that they can soak up huge amounts of children’s, teenagers’ (and plenty of adults’!) time and attention - to the extent that players can become socially isolated and show symptoms of addiction.
We look at two vastly popular games and consider their effect on children and teens.