Not that I’ve been overwhelmed with comments to date, but of those received, folks have been supportive of the situation we face here at the homestead and in Boy’s school. There have been questions about the staff at the school: Where are they when all this is going on, for instance. And while I’m not saying I’m not asking those same questions myself, I also come back to the other child’s parents.
A while back, I indicated the director of the program alluded to an earlier conversation with O’s folks, in which video games played a role. Now we don’t have a gaming system in our home, so I’m not familiar with titles or ratings, but that’s just a personal preference. I’m not one to judge what you’ve got in your home and what your kids play. We just don’t have it in our house because it’s one more distraction that would keep the kids (and me to be honest) from doing what needs to get done.
I bring this up now though because my wife pointed out to me a blurb in our recent Parenting magazine dated March 2008: “You may not be surprised to hear that exposure to violent media is linked to youth violence (as strongly as poverty, substance abuse, or abusive parents, a new study shows). But researchers found that violent video games may have the biggest impact of all.”
There’s that poverty correlation to violence again.
Desensitization to violence is a step to becoming violent. Does it lead to violence? I’d argue not directly, but I would say it brings you closer. If I wanted to know why my kid is biting and hitting another kid and saying, “No you shut up m—-r f—-r,” I’d evaluate what my child is exposed to.