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Are Video Games Making Kids Violent?

One of the things that I’ve been running into a lot lately is parents’ concerns about technology and violence in video games creating aggression in kids. And what I want to explain here is it’s about setting boundaries; how much time you spend playing a video game.

The levels of aggression and violence among kids these days is actually lower than it ever has been.

I want to tell you a little secret: if you want to reduce shark attacks, sell less ice cream. The more ice cream you sell, the more people get bitten by sharks. It’s a correlation; it’s not causation.

People go into the ocean when it’s hot. When it’s hot, people buy ice cream. The two are not related.

What I’m asking parents to do is to be critical in how they think about video games, learn how to set boundaries, and create more balanced children so that they can have better social skills and a better imagination.

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Dr. Frank Gaskill
Dr. Frank Gaskill is a licensed psychologist and co-founder of Southeastpsych.com and Shrinktank.com. He works with individuals on the Autism spectrum and consults on the development of Autism programs and private practice development across the country. Dr. Gaskill is the co-author of Max Gamer: Aspie Superhero as well as How We Built Our Dream Practice: Innovative Ideas for Building Yours.

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