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This house believes that computer games have a negative effect on children’s minds and behaviour

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This house believes that computer games have a negative effect on children's minds and behaviour Those of you who don't play computer games, probably assumed that the extent of violent characters in a game are "fighting ninjas" "cowboys and Indians" or "Army men". You will be shocked to hear that in some recent games you are hired to kill, and causing uproar most recently, play the role of violent hooligans. This game actively promotes, drinking, drug abuse and deaths. Here is how you are introduced to 'Hooligans': "The object is to become the most notorious group of Hooligans in Europe.You must kill, maim and destroy the opposing Hooligan teams. You muster and control your faithful troops by administering drugs, alcohol and of course a good dose of violence every now and then. ...read more.

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These all involve killing, mass amounts of blood and many different weapons. Would you wish for your child to be subject to this harmful and mindless violence? Would you wish for your precious little child to work for a gang, with his sole purpose being to kill innocent people? Does this sound like the type of game you would wish your child to be playing? In recent studies it has been found that adolescents have been spending increasing amounts of time on computer games. 36% play on computer games 1-2 hours per weeks, while 29% played 3-6 hours per week. This, accompanied with the fact that games of a violent nature were preferred by over 50% of the students asked . Also under 2% said they preferred educational computer games. ...read more.

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I firmly believe that computer games do have a negative effect on both children's minds and behaviour. Violent computer games encourage and applaud the player's ability to inflict pain, and to main, injure and at worst kill the opponent. Due to the increasing number of hours children spend playing these violent games. It can only encourage violence. It would be na�ve to think that children are able to discern the real from the fictional. The proof of this can be seen in the statistics relating to the injuries caused directly by children imitating characters from games. In conclusion I believe that age ratings should be raised on violent games, however this requires consenting adults to behave responsibly and not allow children under the age to play the offending games. We must address this issue. Surely we can't let the whole world become violent, drug abusing, alcoholic hooligans who kill for fun? We cannot let this happen. ...read more.

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