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Do violent video games lead to bad behavior in kids?

Armin Brott
Pediatrics

It is pretty hard to establish a solid link between video games and the tendency to engage in violence in the real world. Many of the studies on this topic are deeply flawed. But one recent study is well-designed, compelling, and above all, reassuring.

The researchers studied children in their real-world settings and family context. And they discovered that the link between violence in video games and violent or antisocial behaviors is blown way out of proportion. What’s more, they found that many children can and do use video games—even those with some level of violence—to reinforce certain social skills, release stress, and relax. Bottom line? There’s no need to panic.

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