Are Violent Games Bad for Kids?

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In a recent case pitting free speech against consumer protection, the Supreme Court struck down California’s law banning the sale of violent video games to children. The high court argued that the current voluntary ratings system is sufficient, and it’s up to parents to decide whether a particular game is appropriate for their child. Proponents of the law argue that there is a clear link between these games and aggressive behavior, citing evidence that children who play these games show an increase in violent thoughts, angry feelings, and physiological arousal, and a decrease in empathy and helpful behavior. However, on the flip side, some researchers suggest that there are causal links between violent video games and positive behaviors, such as better stress management and reduced aggression. Read more about the debate.