I just wanted to thank my two youngest students for their bravery and cooperation for helping me put this post together. They have requested to remain anonymous, so they will. But it still takes a lot of courage to allow not only your text to be online for everyone to see, but also your voice! They did a fantastic job, and as part of their language learning process, this is just one more experience that adds to their overall development - even if they don't believe it does! Teenagers!
In response to a recent case in São Paulo of a 13-year-old killing his mother, father, great aunt, grandmother and then taking his own life with his mother's pistol, I asked these two 14-year-old students whether they thought that gaming might have led to these violent acts. This is what they had to say...
My opinion about whether violence in video games leads to violent behavior.
Recently, news came out about young people getting out of control and becoming violent to the point of murdering people. Researchers show there is a link between this behavior and video games, but is there really a link or not?
As a 14-year-old and a gamer, I find my schedule of playing video games and studying quite reasonable. And I also find myself under control of the influence which games push on to me. But, besides me, I’ve lots of friends who, when they start playing, I can’t differentiate my friend from the character.
My opinion of all this is that the results of games people play change from person to person. People can just have fun and live normally playing these kinds of violent games to becoming “Freddie Kruger”.
On August 4th, a crime involving a thirteen-year-old child made everyone who is against violent games protest one more time about it. They said that the number one reason for the child to shoot his parents was that he used to play violent games. In my point of view, these people are grossly wrong. It isn’t’ just because someone plays violent games that he is going to be a violent person. If it were so, kids that play Monopoly or SimCity would be billionaires and mayors! This isn’t the first time that people blame violent games instead of other more logical reasons, like mental/social problems the kid had before, drugs or a setup.