Media Violence Spurs Fear, Aggression in Kids
For years, experts have debated whether (or how) media violence affects kids. Now, two British experts from England's University of Birmingham add to the debate.
"There is consistent evidence that violent imagery in television, film and video, and computer games has substantial short-term effects on arousal, thoughts, and emotions," write Kevin Browne, PhD, and Catherine Hamilton-Giachritsis in The Lancet's Feb. 19 edition.
The pair reviewed six studies on kids and media violence. All of the studies were done in North America. Two papers focused only on TV and movies; the other four projects also included violence in videos and computer games.Media Violence Spurs Fear, Aggression in Kids