Can Violent Video Games Make Your Kids Cruel?

Violent Video Games

Violent video games intrigue your kids, making them oblivious about time and space, and ignorant about regular activities, if not turning them cruel.

As a parent, you’re ever curious whether those popular video games are making your kids aggressive! The same query cuts across many parents’ minds as they see their growing children immersed in the virtual world all day long.

There’s no substantial evidence that violent video games make a kid cruel. Studies on this topic are split into two opposing views: supportive and against. It depends mostly on an individual child that how their emotion is syncing in the simulation universe. While most scary and thrilling video games are engineered to give the young gamers nightmares, there’re little signs of decline in their popularity over the years. 

This very question has many conflicting answers, which is why concluding anything about this topic is difficult. Let’s dig more in-depth to determine the black and white, including a list of violent video games for your consideration as a parent.

How Violently Video Games Affect A Kid’s Behavior?

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How Violent Video Games Affect A Kid’s Behavior

Nowadays, children are crazy about video games. Some parents are pensive about their kids’ gaming abuse. Every time a new version of their favorites appears in the market, kids get emphatic.

Playing with those indoor game consoles feels fascinating to the kids than the outdoor games. And undoubtedly, violent games have thrived in the gaming industry and the gamers’ minds for years.

In general, violent video games don’t trigger a child’s aggressive or violent behavior directly. Still, young minds are vulnerable to influences, and those simulating games affect them vehemently. Hence, a long-term effect remains somewhere down the line.

You might wonder whether violent video games are influencing your kids’ behavior or actions?

The answer is Yes and No.

A reflection of a particular game’s characters, haunting moments, harrowing chases, grim scenes, diabolical faces, etc. sync into your kid’s subconscious mind. It wouldn’t be a concern if the amount of playing those games were small. Unfortunately, your kids tend to glue themselves to them for ages.

  • Emotional Cause and Effect

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Emotional Cause and Effect

Playing violent video games for hours can affect your kids’ emotions in the long run. It may not be evident to you now, but it may unravel in the future.

One study reported that most kids with depression or anger issues like playing violent video games for long hours. If, by any chance, your kid’s suffering from the same condition, you can’t blame him/her for that. There’s more than meets the eyes.

  • Irresponsiveness and Disrespectful Behavior

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Irresponsiveness and Disrespectful Behavior

Irresponsiveness is one of the many traits a kid may develop while playing violent video games. Whenever you call for your kid, there’s no ‘Yes, Mom!’ response from the room. You crash into their room; all you will ever get is their tantrums for an answer.

Some kids even behave disrespectfully with their parents, owing to their frustration and stress in the virtual gaming world. Whenever they fail to pull off a challenge given in a game, they reflect their shame on you!

You may have noticed that when your kids were playing video games, they tend to ignore other things and give their video games super-priority.

  • Aggressive Response

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Aggressive Response

Some kids are so obsessed with violent video games that they start living those enticing characters. They’re upset when they lose a game and delight when they’re winning.

Imagine the annoyance you unknowingly cause in them while interrupting their adventures. Talking with you while passing an intense sequence might impact their performance. After all, who wouldn’t fright a nudge while killing those snarling zombies!

Simply, their responses are aggressive, much similar to those blood-thirsty protagonists in their games.

  • Unsound Sleep and Nightmares

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Unsound Sleep and Nightmares

Some kids face trouble while sleeping as a result of playing horror video games day after day.

Nowadays, video games look hyper-realistic because of high-resolution graphics and real-world simulation. No wonder even adults after 30 find them so catchy and intriguing. So when it comes to your kids, their eye-balls just pop out!

The bad part is, kids overdo their relish in these games, losing appetite, and sleep. Often, you’ll find your kids with under-eye dark circles—the apparent reason: chasing or being chased by dark creatures all night long.

You know how important a peaceful sleep is for our sober minds– something your kid doesn’t pay heed. If your kid’s not getting enough sleep, rude behavior and cruelty may become natural by-products.

Let’s talk about nightmares. Where a nightmare invades someone’s sleep out of bad experiences, accidents, or some unfathomed causes, young gamers pretty much invite those nightmares to them. How’s that so?

The grim scenes, heart-throbbing chases, bloody kills, cold-blooded strategies, or violent accidents– all come down to your kid’s subconscious mind, helping him/her to project them as nightmares.

And not all kids have the same healthy mind. I know a kid who started crying in his sleep because he saw a man was cutting his throat in his dream! What’s the cause? A random nightmare? Or was it connected to his prolonged gaming?

If your kid’s facing this ordeal, don’t let him play such an impactful game anymore. Suggest him/her play another game, something educational or fun. You must understand that your kid has adopted a habit that is disrupting his/her sleep.

These Games are as Creepy as Violent

  • PUBG (Players Unknown Battle Ground) is a trendy video game by Tencent, where gamers must strategize, kill, and snap resources to become the last one standing.
  • Dark Souls 3 is a combat and survival game by FromSoftware, where players must defend themselves and kill a long-range of enemies to survive.
  • Friday The 13th is a survival horror simulation game where you must save your life from a savage serial killer.
  • Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is another violent video game where players must explore a haunted house while saving themselves from the brooding zombies.
  • Amnesia: The Dark Descent game plot revolves around an amnestic character who must juggle his life through a series of monster intrusions inside an old castle.
  • Alan Wake is a psychological thriller game where a writer unknowingly involves himself with the horrifying dark creatures in a town of Washington.
  • Dead space proves to be a chanter to the gamers who love battling with space monsters.
  • Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem storyline and gaming experience get on to the player’s nerve as he/she traverses the many phases of the timeline, fighting evils and a series of remorses.
  • Alien: Isolation is a movie adaptation game where characters are stuck in a spaceship and forced to evade some alien attack for gaining a vital record.
  • Silent Hill 2 is a classic and surrealistic horror game where the main character looks for his lost wife while fighting off bizarre demons and their guts-turning cruelties.

Solutions towards Your Kid’s Game Addiction

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Solutions towards Your Kid’s Game Addiction

Don’t let your kid play game too much. It’s not good for your kids’ physical and mental health! According to Tech Addiction, 5-10% of gamers develop an addiction to gaming, including kids and adults.

If you see that your kid’s suffering from a game, you shouldn’t let him/her get addicted to it. Advise him/her to try something else.

  1. Spend more time with your kids: Play games, go out, laugh together, etc. You can even share time with your kid’s friends sometimes to have confidence in you.
  2. Give them exercises: Let them play puzzles, solve problems, and generate ideas to develop their intellect.  
  3. Inspire to read: Give them books or read books to them since it develops thought and imagination. 
  4. Let them speak: Because when they’re unheard, they immerse into a virtual world.
  5. Show them you care: Not forcefully but through little notions. Appreciate their small achievements, empathize with them, and smile at them more often. 
  6. Take them to tours: Because traveling sounds more fun than outdoor games sometimes. So, if they find the opportunity to travel, they’ll take it. 
  7. Teach them stuffs: Show them gardening, pet caring, farming, etc. to make them responsible. 

If the above tips aren’t working and your kid’s addiction is getting out of control, I suggest it’s time to take your kid to a doctor or a counselor.

The counselors will suggest effective therapies for your kid’s addiction or perform therapies themselves when necessary.

Do Violent Video Games Affect Kids more Than Adults?

It’s easy to trigger a small kid’s emotion. They’re compassionate. If your kid is under twelve, you shouldn’t let him/her play violent video games.

The adverse sides of violent video games will cross the delicate mind of your kid. Adults are self-sufficient and able to deal with the effects of a violent video game. But it’s the kids who lack the courage and intellect to process what they’ve grasped.

Let them play outside. Don’t let your kids find interest in such video games at an early age.

Sleeping problems, having nightmares, shouting at other people, etc. can result from playing violent video games early. Maybe, it’s not affecting your kids directly because the simulation worlds affect the mind and body like a slow poison.

Do Violent Video Games Affect Your Kid Physically?

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Do Violent Video Games Affect Your Kid Physically

Prolonged gaming takes its toll on the kids’ physique. Some physical side effects of playing violent video games are as below:

  • Your kids may get jumpy or scared quickly.
  • Kids may encounter nervous breakdown or anxiety problems for playing horror games.
  • Occasional headaches may be there, which may hamper studies.
  • Some kids develop an optical problem for playing video games for a long time.
  • Prolonged sitting and playing video games take a toll on your kid’s neck, shoulder, and back.
  • Bad posture may be a long-term effect on your kids.

Consider the Exception

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Consider the Exception

Violent video games have their adverse effects, but your kid(s) will only fall victim to those if there’s a long-term addiction. Not every kid is necessarily susceptible to those vile effects given the parents are watchful with workable measures.

I know a guy who literally grew up with violent video games all his life. He’s one of the kindest guys I’ve ever known. He doesn’t have any anger issues. He doesn’t behave rudely with anyone or something like that.

I’m sure you’ve or will find such exceptions in your life too.

If your kid’s behavior is cruel, it may or may not influence the video game he/she’s playing. Other factors, such as domestic violence, bullying in schools, malnutrition, etc. may also inspire such traits.

There can be some other reasons which you don’t know. Before shunning that favorite game console of your kid, talk him/her out. Learn what’s bothering your child. You may discover something more significant than a piece of a violent video game.

An aggressive reaction from your kid is indeed unacceptable. It saddens you, and more importantly, you already start wondering about his/her future. Don’t beat yourself.

Talk about it with your kid and let him/her know that it’s hurting you! Let them know that a fun time with a video game is okay, but one shouldn’t get lost in it.

If it doesn’t work, you can approach it differently. Different types of actions work on different kids. Some kids are afraid of shouting, and some are fond of lovie-dovie talking.

You know the best way to register your words in their minds.

Bottom Line

No evidence downright proves violent video games make a kid cruel.

Many parents have to deal with angry kids, and various reasons are there behind it.

If you observe your kid’s daily activities, behavior, and of course, the gaming hours, you might catch some hints.

When you realize the things are slipping out of your hands, make an appointment with a counselor and take your kid there for necessary treatment. But make sure not to be ever hard on your kid. Just convince him/her to follow the prescribed steps to improve the situation.

Sofia Kamal

Sofia Kamal is lively, spontaneous, and pleasant as a person who loves to write, travel, eat, and hang out. She is a published author of two books and looking forward to publishing her next one soon. By education, she’s a major in Management Information System, who’s aiming at being a professional business analyst.

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