Video Game Violence - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/10/07

Video Game Violence

You've probably heard concerns that video games can lead to violent behavior. Now a new study may help put your mind at ease.

Researchers at Massachusetts General looked at more than 1,200 seventh and eighth graders who play video games regularly and they say that instead of encouraging aggression, they believe video games may give teens an outlet for relieving stress and anger.

"We don't know whether playing to get anger out is a good thing or a bad thing for any individual child, but we suspect that it might be healthy for a lot of kids," said Cheryl Olson, of the Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Olson says the take-home message to parents when it comes to video games is be aware of the games your kids are playing an try to make it a more social activity by keeping it out of the bedroom. This study was published in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

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