Video Games are Dangerous!

Rob Hayes from Los Angeles ABC writes a small report on online gaming and the possible effects that profanity, racial epithets, homosexually-oriented epithets are having on children who are playing online games that are at the age of 8, 9, 10, 11 years.  The average age of gamers is 37 years old, internet safety expert Parry Aftab says this inappropriate language in online gaming is rampant, and she’s concerned it’s leading to dangerous cyber bullying. “They may trash talk. They may be calling you names. They may steal their passwords. Or a lot of them may gang up on one online, not because it’s a good strategic win, but to hurt the other person,” said Aftab.

From my personal experiences from playing online in the past 3 months of playing fifa and call of duty I am completely aware of the profane language and incredibly insensitive gamers that exist in the online gaming world.  Although it has never directly affected me, I know that the effects of bullying at an age of 8 or 10 have a very domino affect in that kids think it is okay language to use at school or anywhere.  Though this is a clear problem, there doesn’t seem to be a very good way of patrolling the online airways on playstation or xbox.  It must be a pretty consistent problem for these companies to deal with.

To add to this weeks topic, here is a source saying video games are dangerous!

http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/consumer&id=8596874

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. elton1
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 17:13:02

    I’ve found that bullying, online and offline, is best remedied with the help of self confidence and the development of a social circle. I think video games can actually help with that.

    For example, in SCII, there are several “tower games”, where players compete cooperatively to accomplish a single goal. Oftentimes, players that “suck” are given advice and mentorship from other players. I think that this is the type of path that we need to take!

    As long as there is competition and anonymity, I don’t forsee trolling/bullying/namecalling/etc. going away anytime soon. However, I can forsee them becoming obsolete if a culture of cooperation, acceptance, and respect is put into place.

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