Response to controversy over violent video game answer

Posted under Ask the Mediatrician.

Recently, I answered a question from a mother asking whether she should purchase the video game Call of Duty for her son. When the answer was featured on Thrive, the Children’s Hospital Boston blog, it ignited controversy and spurred many gamers to comment. Here is my response.

Why do different kids respond differently to media violence?

Posted under Ask the Mediatrician.

Q: My boys, now 15 & 17, are so different. I’ve noticed that my two kids can watch the same violent programs and, depending on each child’s nature, they respond differently. Is it true that after viewing violent programs, some children will behave more aggressively while some children become more fearful? If yes, can you explain how that happens? Any chance that some children are not affected at all?
Answer from Dr. Michael Rich, The Mediatrician

Dr. Rich Answers Parents’ Questions

Posted under Research Blog.

CMCH Director, Dr. Michael Rich, is now answering questions about media and kids on Parents.com, the website of Parents magazine. There have been a number of interesting questions such as: I never thought I would even consider a gaming system for the family, but after seeing (and playing) the Nintendo Wii I am really thinking… Read more »

Media Violence Research and the FCC

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Due to the FCC’s forthcoming propsal to regulate violence on television, CMCH recently sent out a press release about our resources on media violence. The majority of studies over the last 50 years have concluded that media violence does have effects on the attitudes and behaviors of children and teens, ranging from increases in fear… Read more »

Video Games and Desensitization

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This week, Nicholas Carnagey, Craig Anderson and Brad Bushman released a new study on video games and desensitization.  They had over 250 college students randomly play one of 8 video games.  Half of the games were violent and half were nonviolent.  After they played the game for 20 minutes, they watched a 10 minute video… Read more »