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Should parents allow their kids to play video games?

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DUCK DYNASTY’s Korie Robertson: Should Parents Allow Their Kids to Play Video Games?

By Cooper Dowd, Senior Staff Writer

DUCK DYNASTY’s Korie and Willie Robertson use their new show AT HOME WITH THE ROBERTSONS to spark conversations about relevant topics that are unique to today.

In one episode, the couple and their son, John Luke, sat down with professional wrestler and professional gamer Thea Trinidad to discuss video games, parenting, and media literacy.

“Today at #athomewiththeobertsons we talk to Thea Trinidad, a professional wrestler and professional gamer, about video games and their impact on children, teens and even adults,” Robertson wrote on her Instagram account. “We discuss some of the boundaries @realwilliebosshog and I had set around video games in our home and whether or not @johnluke_robertson lets his kids play. I think the younger generation of parents will be better at guiding their kids than we are because they know what’s out there, what’s good and what’s not!”

Throughout the episode, the Robertsons emphasize the responsibility of adults to protect children. However, the couple admits it’s difficult to keep up with the latest games and media.

“Like everything right now, it feels like the world of gaming is changing so rapidly that it’s hard for parents to keep up!” Robertson wrote.

Then she asked the parents, “Do you have any guidelines about gaming in your house? Any thoughts, helpful ideas for other parents trying to figure this thing out in our ever changing world?

Robertson concluded by emphasizing the importance of parental involvement in their children’s lives.

“I think it really matters what we put in our hearts and minds on a daily basis and that’s so important for our kids! We’re not going to make everything perfect, but having these discussions, asking questions, being involved in this aspect of your child and teenage life is a really good start!” Robertson wrote.

Violent video games have been linked to violence in the real world.

As Movieguide® previously reported:

New studies of children ages 9-12 and 12-18 in the United States and Japan show that violent video games make children more likely to become hostile, aggressive, and get into fights.

“You can no longer argue that this is somehow a uniquely American phenomenon,” said Craig A. Anderson, a psychology professor at Iowa State University and director of the Center for the Study of Violence. “It’s a common phenomenon that occurs across cultures.

“We now have conclusive evidence that playing violent video games has harmful effects on children and young people,” he concluded.

The studies took gender and past aggression into account in their research.

In addition, as Movieguide® reports:

The 2019 study on video games also tested 220 children aged 8-12 in pairs. However, in this study, the children played one of three versions of the same video game, one where the player could kill monsters with guns, one where the player could kill monsters with swords, and one with no guns or monsters. There were also two handguns hidden in the toy closet.

“Children who played the video game with guns held the gun longer (91.5 seconds vs. 71.7 seconds in the sword state and 36.1 seconds in the nonviolent state), pulled the trigger more often (10.1 times vs. 3, 6 times in the sword state and 3.09 times in the nonviolent state), including for themselves or their partner (3.4 times versus 1.5 times in the sword state and 0.2 times in the nonviolent state).”

Bushman concludes, “Taken together, these studies suggest that exposure to media violence may increase children’s dangerous behaviors involving real firearms.”

dr Ted Baehr, Founder and Publisher of Movieguide®, says, “It is clear now, if not sooner, that violent video games pose a definite threat to society.”

He continued:

We need to get our young people away from these violent video games and into more profitable pursuits. We need to stop blaming guns for our problems and start dealing with the troubled and evil people who use guns and the politically correct authorities who are failing to enforce the laws that are already on the books. We must also end the arbitrary judicial bans on religious and moral education in our schools that deprive American children of the Ten Commandments that God gave to Moses and the Hebrew people at Mount Sinai and the teachings that Jesus Christ taught His disciples in of the sermon on the United States that Berg gave in chapters five through seven of Matthew and in chapters 13 through 17 of John.

While violent video games aren’t great for families, there are some kid-friendly options, like THE LEGO MOVIE Video Game and Minecraft.

Watch the full interview with Trinidad and the Robertsons on Korie Robertson’s Facebook below!

Also Read: Hollywood Visual Effects Artist Creates Biblical VR Game to Tilt the Scales toward Healthy Games

Also Read: When Will America End the Violent Video Game Craze?

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