'Video games inspire violence'

Published: 09th March 2013 08:52 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th March 2013 09:40 AM   |  A+A-

Psychiatrists feel that violent or aggressive behaviour among children is usually inspired by video games and provocative content in films or when they are witness to of aggressive or violent behaviour at home.

With changing times, a variety of biological as well as environmental factors provoke children to hurt or attack their peers as they seek immediate gratification for their anger using a variety of methods.

The other factors, they said, could be behavioural disorders and their only target group is children who are of their age or younger.

“Children these days play a lot of video games in which the player’s aim is to inflict violence on the opposite party. This inspires them to try the same thing in real life,” says Dr John Vijay Sagar, Associate Professor- Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS).

“Parents these days are unable to spend quality time with their children. If the child exhibits a slightly impulsive or aggressive behaviour, they ignore it like it’s a passing phase. That is wrong,” he says.

Dos and Don’ts:

* Keep children away from firearms, sharp instruments like knives, blades and other dangerous objects

* Monitor them when they watch TV and prevent them from watching provocative content on TV or internet

* Do not argue, fight or show any form of aggressive behaviour with your spouse of any other member of the family before children

* When they act stubborn, reason with them calmly

* If a certain type of aggressive behaviour continues, get them evaluated with professional help

* Usually, children show belligerent behaviour only in school and not within the family. Keep in constant touch with the neighbours and the people with whom the child interacts


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