Is playing violent video games a healthy way to deal with tragedy?

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Q: My nephew and niece’s mother died due to a tragic accident. She was shot by her 13-year-old son. How can I tell if they are dealing with this tragedy in a healthy way? He continues to play violent video games with graphic shooting and killing people. Is this normal behavior?
Answered by Dr. Michael Rich, The Mediatrician

Should I encourage my preschooler to use the computer?

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Q: I know that today’s children need to be fully conversant in computers, but at what age? I don’t want my child to fall behind, but I don’t want to encourage computer use in place of the fleeting joys of childhood.
Answered by Dr. Michael Rich, The Mediatrician