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January 22nd, 2013
05:04 PM ET

Violence Connection?

Do you think that playing violent video games contributes to violent behavior?
A debate has been going on for years about whether violent movies and video games contribute to violent behavior.  On Wednesday, we talk about a Florida teacher who believes they do.  So she put some of her own money into a sort of buyback program:  Students who bring in games and DVDs that are considered violent get some of their money back, and the materials are destroyed.

We'd like to know what you think - both of the teacher's program and whether there's a connection between violent media and violent behavior.

Carl Azuz, Anchor


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soundoff (493 Responses)
  1. John

    Violent video is not the main cause of gun violence in America. I will say though, violent video games do, in some respect, have a brainwash type of effect on many young children. These children are basically being trained to kill. As graphics get more and more realistic, these effects get more and more dangerous. I don't think violent video games should be taken away, I just think they should be controlled in some way shape or form.

    January 22, 2013 at 5:45 pm |
    • makenzie

      it is not that at all!! if you band violent vedio games like COD people will flip out!! anthor blogger named wyatt got really mad imagine all the vedio gamers out there who will get furious and rebel! i like vedio games and i certainly would flip out if they band they violent games thats how we express anger by not yelling or hurting!!!

      January 23, 2013 at 3:05 pm |
    • Ameir

      WOW
      i could not agree with you more
      that is the best one i've seen yet!

      January 23, 2013 at 3:33 pm |
    • Hunter

      I don't think that these violant movies and games have to do with any of the gun problem in the U.S..... I just think that the government is letting things like this happen by covering everything up. but the problem with that is that the public believes it!

      January 23, 2013 at 3:53 pm |
    • alex

      i think that violent games DO NOT affect people because I too play violent games and they do not change my behavior

      January 23, 2013 at 5:15 pm |
    • Ryan

      I think that video games do not cause violence because they are just showing what wars are like for example modern warfare 3 and black ops 2 so i do not think it is making violence in children

      January 23, 2013 at 5:33 pm |
    • Jake

      you guys should put this on the before you go http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_K5Tvp7xfw

      January 23, 2013 at 5:51 pm |
  2. Mary

    The games set a bad example and encourage their behavior. It's especially bad for younger children who after playing, believe the violence is how it is in real life. It's not the messages we want to send to our future generations.

    January 22, 2013 at 6:37 pm |
    • katherine

      I would say yes and no because most people just like violent games because its entertaining.But some games effect people to be violent.

      January 23, 2013 at 3:43 pm |
    • Katherine

      It's a good idea to get rid of these games because the games sometimes teach kids that's it's OK it hurt someone, so kids end up doing bad things, like school shooting, thinking it's OK.

      January 23, 2013 at 7:28 pm |
  3. NICK

    No. There has been no proven connnection between viloncence and different froms of media.

    January 22, 2013 at 7:35 pm |
  4. Alex

    I think the teacher's program is a good way to encourage kids to give up what might be harmful to them in the long run. Violent media, including video games, can increase aggressiveness, rage and violent behavior.

    I also think that parents should pay attention to the rating of the games they buy their children. An M rating means you should be 17+ to play – why are kids playing such games?

    January 22, 2013 at 7:38 pm |
  5. Adeena

    Yes, I do think that violent video games contribute to violent behavior but past incidents and family issues also playa large role in this subject.

    January 22, 2013 at 7:46 pm |
  6. Shaeleigh

    I think the teacher who made this idea is brilliant ! The band of violent movies and vidoe games is a great way to prevent more out lawed shootings in the public. This would count as an act of kindness.

    January 22, 2013 at 7:49 pm |
  7. Hong

    We know for certain that violent movies and video games contribute to violent behavior, but because of huge economic benefits they may bring, we seem deliberately ignore their dangers. What the teacher has done in Florida is a good start and a daring courageous step. She helps raise awareness among adolescents about violence in the way they entertain. The same message also send to their parents who should put more concern on their children.

    January 22, 2013 at 7:53 pm |
    • Morgan

      I don't know what you are talking about, if you are just pulling that out of thin air with no information to back that up. There have been numerous amounts of clinical studies done that show no connection between violent media and violence in the real world, as any mentally-well person can distinguish from real life and fantasy. Video games are just a scapegoat used to lay blame on a much more complex issue regarding gun control and mental health. Instead of basing views on fact and actual studies, people are rushing to blame videogames.

      January 23, 2013 at 3:54 pm |
  8. Charlie

    Violent video games let kids taste fictional violents, not actual killing. If it was , kids like me would carry guns around . Trust me on this one.

    January 22, 2013 at 8:24 pm |
  9. Phillip

    Not sure because it depends on what they think about the violent movies or games.

    January 22, 2013 at 8:36 pm |
    • holly

      I agree, because you don't know what they are like. You don't know what they think about the game or movie.

      January 23, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
  10. Hannah

    yes I think it can cause violent behavior especially by younger kids who might take their character into a real life action.

    January 22, 2013 at 8:44 pm |
  11. Solene (pronounced Solen; you'd not be the first to butcher it)

    I think that violent videos and games absolutely affect people; but it depends how they interpret it. Some might be absolutely horrified; others might get ideas. Since I think that it's kind of hard to figure out who will react how, it's best to just not take the risk. (Plus there's really no point in virtually making blood squirt out of random beings. Is there some sort of pleasure gained by this?)

    January 22, 2013 at 8:57 pm |
    • leea

      i agree completely and i like your name by the way:p

      January 23, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
    • Tony

      that what is causing all that vilolence so we should take away the violence games

      January 24, 2013 at 9:27 am |
  12. Chris

    I think that if you play violent video games every day it can lead to violent thought and actions, but I don't think that is the main cause. The society is influencing young kids to act more violent more than Call of Duty or Halo.

    January 22, 2013 at 9:15 pm |
  13. Jeremy

    It actually depends on how Mature the Child is,And the best age to see or play that stuff should be a teenager

    January 22, 2013 at 9:18 pm |
  14. chop

    Yeah......no. does this really even need an explanation?

    January 22, 2013 at 9:25 pm |
    • chazz

      lol

      January 23, 2013 at 4:46 pm |
    • john

      yes you do need to explain it

      January 23, 2013 at 6:05 pm |
  15. Audra

    Violent video games seem to lure young children into guns, fighting, so on. Trading in videos games may help, but banning the video game violence itself could be better. Besides, Obama is trying to stop the gun policy.

    January 22, 2013 at 9:25 pm |
  16. michael

    i dont agree with banning or buying back video games. its not about the kid it the things that have raised him/her and things that surround him/her.

    January 22, 2013 at 9:40 pm |
  17. Raul

    Video games can affect people only if they choose to.

    January 22, 2013 at 9:50 pm |
  18. Mike

    I have played violent video games and have watched violent movies for years now. Not once have I wanted to or even had the urge to go hurt people. Maybe its because my parents were responsible and raised me with good morals. It all starts with the parents actually doing their job and not blame others! None of this blaming of video games or other inanimate objects is going to solve anything. Criminals do not follow the law, never have and never will. If someone is mentally unstable every effort should go into their mental health. There is ABSOLUTELY NO LOGIC OR COMMON SENSE behind blaming video games, movies, or guns for what a HUMAN BEING decides to do.

    January 22, 2013 at 10:29 pm |
  19. Phuong

    The children always are effected by watching violent video or playing violent game, and they will copy and learn harmful action from these. I think it is the good idea when using buyback for those children, it will encourage them choose another activity suitable for them.

    January 22, 2013 at 10:36 pm |
  20. JinHui

    I agree that violent game can impact youth to be violent. We are learning langauges or social norm by what we are seeing and follow it. I think the youth, who are not mature enough to judge objectively, will get impact on what they are exposed to.

    January 22, 2013 at 10:40 pm |
  21. Isaac

    A classmate in my school immediatly does violent video games right after he does his homework. He acts pretty violent and aggressive during school and other times, video games might have caused his violent behavior.

    January 22, 2013 at 10:49 pm |
  22. Brielle

    I think that violent games and movies lead to violent action, not violent behavior, although if someone is addicted to the violent games and movies, they could become violent. I think the teachers' program is a good idea, because if the game or movie is to violent, but had already been opened, its like returning a game just by bringing the game to school.

    January 22, 2013 at 11:05 pm |
  23. Thomas

    I think that violent video games might cause indirect harm to teens, but not directly since there are only a few accidents when a lot of people buy those games.

    January 22, 2013 at 11:06 pm |
    • Brandon

      I think that the people that can't control their actions shouldn't be playing or watching violent videos,but for the people who can control their actions they should just play or watch violent videos for a specific amount of time a day.

      January 23, 2013 at 3:40 pm |
  24. matthew

    i think that it has everything to do with video games, the parents have the power to let them play those 17+ games. the parents and the kids should really follow the rules that the ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board) has set.

    January 22, 2013 at 11:08 pm |
  25. Khoa

    Taking away what makes people bad instead of trying to defense it is a good idea.

    January 22, 2013 at 11:10 pm |
  26. Austin

    I honestly do not think violent video games lead to violent acts, It's what happens around people & how they're treated.

    January 22, 2013 at 11:33 pm |
  27. Shyanne

    I, personally, think that violent movies and video games do not make for a violent behavior. What makes a violent behavior is how the person feel emotionally and physically. Also on the whole Florida teacher`s program I think it is really stupid even though kids are getting their money back, it doesn`t really mean anything.

    January 22, 2013 at 11:38 pm |
  28. Ryan

    It depends on the person playing. Some games do affect most kid's attitude. Some kids don't get affected.

    January 23, 2013 at 12:26 am |
  29. Cole

    In my opinion: Yes, I do believe there is a connection between video games and aggressive behavior. However, to much of anything is bad for you. I have mixed feelings about this subject. Although some video games are just mindless violence, others are an art form. If we as a society can recognize movies as art, then why not games? The real problem is the public view of games. Everyone assumes that anything with a gun or a blade on the cover is dangerous to a child's brain. This is not true. The allure of video games does not come from intense violence but instead from the idea of a playable experience. Video games as a whole are not bad, just like movies. This is what I believe. Until somebody proves to me that video games have a significant effect on behavior, my opinion will not change. Although if violent games do cause violence, I would believe that something should be done. Entertainment is not worth the lives of other human beings.

    January 23, 2013 at 12:28 am |
  30. Johnathan

    Video games and DVD are two of today's youth primary advertisements. Violence is implanted in the head which will affect the heart and then the mind.

    January 23, 2013 at 12:31 am |
  31. James

    The guy at the shooting wannted to be famus and thats what he got... now there are people copying him so they can get famus why dont we just stop worying about the shooting.

    January 23, 2013 at 12:47 am |
  32. Peter

    I think that violence in video games does not effect kids unless they have anger management problems or anything like that.

    January 23, 2013 at 4:49 am |
  33. Mario

    I honestly beleive violent media has no effect on behavior. Studies may have shown a link to agression, (The way they measure agression in these studies is very obscure) but NO direct link to violent behavior.
    I played my first "m" rated video game at the age of 6, and I'm honestly one of the most peaceful people I know.

    January 23, 2013 at 6:40 am |
  34. Mario

    I'd also like bring up the fact MANY teenages play violent video games, and NO ONE has turned violent solely because of media. It's like saying just because Hitler or mass murderer's wear pants or wash their dishes with Mr. Clean we should ban them. There is a rating on the box, too. Most retailers will refuse to sell M rated games to minors.

    We should be looking into mental healthcare, or finding ways to help prevent criminals from getting ahold of weapons. Youth violence has hit an all time low in the past decades, while the level of violence in media has only increased. If anything these games have helped reduce agression.

    January 23, 2013 at 6:47 am |
    • Cameron

      Agreed, i was about to post something about that, but then i saw yours...

      January 23, 2013 at 10:41 am |
  35. Jenny

    I think that it really will help, because if you see killing and fighting when the game doesn't portray any blood, you start to believe that killing is O.K! Good idea, teacher!

    January 23, 2013 at 7:15 am |
  36. danny

    no I don't think games make people do these things it's just a game

    January 23, 2013 at 7:19 am |
  37. James

    America has had plenty of violence before video games even existed.

    January 23, 2013 at 7:23 am |
    • Maddie

      I agree. There was World War II, Pearl Harbor, The Civil War, slavery, presidents being shot, and lots more.

      January 24, 2013 at 10:28 am |
  38. Daniel

    I think it is a good idea to turn in your violent video games because I have a friend who has a rough attitude.

    January 23, 2013 at 7:31 am |
    • Daniel

      but what does that have to do with violent video games

      January 23, 2013 at 9:45 am |
    • Morgan

      Don't rush to blame something without having any factual evidence to back it up.

      January 23, 2013 at 3:58 pm |
  39. Joshua

    Students may develop an addiction to those violent video games and get completely influenced. Their behaviors might even have been inspired from those violent games/movies, and getting rid of it may help.

    January 23, 2013 at 7:40 am |
  40. Phoebe

    When kids do violent things on video games, and not getting in trouble for it, that when they hurt/kill someone in real life, it doesn't seem as harmful. Everyone should think about what it will be like after they do something, BEFORE they do it.

    January 23, 2013 at 8:00 am |
  41. Riya

    Yes , there is a connection. some people who play these violent games, think its fun, therefore they might think its even more fun to do it in real life. They might say they want to actually do that when they're older! That isn't good. I think the teacher's reaction to this is very smart, but they should just ban all video games that are violent.

    January 23, 2013 at 8:02 am |
    • Morgan

      I disagree. Violent media doesn't cause violence. The United States is the largest gun nation in the world, in terms of crime rates. However they are not the top video-game consumers. Also, several studies have been done showing no connection between violent media and violence in real life. Do you think all violent movies and books should be banned too? This is censorship at its finest.

      January 23, 2013 at 4:00 pm |
  42. Mr. Pecor's class

    We are split. A portion of the class believes age limits should be more strictly enforced, and the other thinks that they are just games with no real world implications.

    January 23, 2013 at 8:03 am |
  43. Kendall

    In a sense they do contribute to violent behavior, but this does not account for everybody.

    January 23, 2013 at 8:08 am |
  44. TyLer

    i think video games dont effect the developement in someones brain i think it is your friends or parents that have the impact on you.

    January 23, 2013 at 8:12 am |
  45. Seth

    violent video games doesnt have to be banned it is mostly the parents falt because they shouldnt be showing or giving there kids a game the is bad for them

    January 23, 2013 at 8:17 am |
  46. Brett

    I think people should know what's fake and what's real, the reason they made video games is to get out of reality. But some people just don't get it.

    January 23, 2013 at 8:17 am |
  47. Maddy

    I rilly don't know because I play Red Dead Redepshon but I don't do vilonis at all.

    January 23, 2013 at 8:25 am |
  48. Marisa

    I think i could.Because if kids playing the video games think its ok to go around killing people/things, they might think its ok to do the same in the real world.

    January 23, 2013 at 8:26 am |
  49. Santonio

    Yes because violent video games may convence you to be violent.

    January 23, 2013 at 8:26 am |
  50. Timothy

    I think that it really does not matter.

    January 23, 2013 at 8:27 am |
  51. Madison

    I think that they should not have trade in there games for money if they want to play violent games let them there kids and kids like to play shooting and fhighting games.

    January 23, 2013 at 8:27 am |
  52. Park

    Many drops make a flood. I think that the violent movies and video games are "many drops". We should keep from getting wet with "negative drops" by reducing provocative words in the violent movies and video games. We need to reduce the social unrest at all around world by practical actions.

    January 23, 2013 at 8:27 am |
  53. Lydia

    I think the violent video games have something to do with the bad behaviors . All the guns and wepons in the game can have a part in bad behavior .

    January 23, 2013 at 8:27 am |
  54. hunter

    no, because it is their choice if they want to do bad things and not because they play a violent game or watch a violent movie.

    January 23, 2013 at 8:29 am |
  55. chelan

    im not sure about this situation cause people can be playing violent video games to express there feelings and people can be playing violent video games just to have fun.if there playing to express themselves then i say yes but if they dont play alot and there just doing it for fun then no.

    January 23, 2013 at 8:29 am |
  56. Maddy

    But this is a problem to, but don't want violens in the world. I wish that violens does not exsist. To that I'm not that shere what coses violins.

    January 23, 2013 at 8:29 am |
  57. Meredith

    I don't know if games that are bad make people do things that the game does but I have played a violent game before I'm not sure if games are the reason for people being violent.

    January 23, 2013 at 8:30 am |
  58. Connor

    Yes they do connect because the violence can rub off on the adults and kids. But I think if they know it's a game and it's not right then they'll not do anything violent or dangerous.

    January 23, 2013 at 8:30 am |
  59. bella

    some video games are good and some are bad but i do not know

    January 23, 2013 at 8:30 am |
  60. Jose

    I don't think that playing violent video games will make you violence.Maybe it will make some kids but not the rest of us like you could play the game but not be violent in real life.

    January 23, 2013 at 8:30 am |
  61. joshua

    No I think it wont affect people because only you can control he way you want to act.Those violent games cant control the way you act you can be who you want to be.

    January 23, 2013 at 8:30 am |
  62. Mrs. Triska

    i think they shouldn't have to trade in there movies and games kids need eximent and fun like shooting games tey get so into it that it keeps them busy and movies do to wheres the fun in no fighting or a guy chasing someone with a chainsaw kids are kids and thats my comment

    January 23, 2013 at 8:31 am |
    • Spencer

      First, learn to spell. and second i like how you siad that. violent games affect children but not to a point of where the would want to hurt someone because of it]

      January 23, 2013 at 6:46 pm |
  63. Kourtney

    I think no because its just a game.

    January 23, 2013 at 8:31 am |
    • Leah

      i think that kids playing violent video games urge kids onto wanting to be like their video game character. i think that of kids are going to play video games no matter what, but if a parent could at least be more "protective" of their child. no one should have to be used to killing people, and no one should accept that a violent video game WILL be a game no matter what. if a kid thinks that playing a video game is a video game even in real life, then that could make a lot more cases like the one in Sunnytown. no family should have to go through that again, so i really hope that more people go along with turning in their violent video games for money. thank you .

      January 23, 2013 at 8:13 pm |
  64. madison

    I think parents should check the video games rated before the older kids buy their game. And the little kids not play older teenagers games because the parent’s are not watching out for the little kids. Some people play violent games & some people may not play violent games because they have to choose what there playing. They should put 16 or older to play mature video game.

    January 23, 2013 at 8:34 am |
  65. Creed

    In my opinion i do not think playing violent video games causes violent actions to happen because I do play call of duty and all those violent video games and Iam not violent at all.

    January 23, 2013 at 8:37 am |
  66. Emile

    Violent Video games makes violence normal. When that is not normal. Killing people running with guns going to wars see people die should never be normal to kids or adults.

    January 23, 2013 at 8:44 am |
  67. salvador

    i have search the internet myself and i found no reports of kids or teens or adults commiting crime due to video games. But i have seen crimes commited due to bad parenting on the other hand

    January 23, 2013 at 8:45 am |
  68. peter

    no they don't they give our generation some adventure and some thing to do

    January 23, 2013 at 8:45 am |
  69. Leeah

    I do not think that violent video games affect other kids. I think that they are just games that kid enjoy.

    January 23, 2013 at 8:48 am |
  70. Shaylynn

    Violent video games can have an effect on some people but mainly more towards kids.

    January 23, 2013 at 8:48 am |
  71. Abril

    I think violence games are bad influences for children, because they are not of age to play.

    January 23, 2013 at 8:50 am |
  72. Mary

    I think playing violent video games and watching violent movies can effect people very much. When they play the violent games, they may think it is okay to do it in reality. Also when they watch violent movies that are based on true life, the person never gets caught, and they think it is okay and they won't get caught.

    January 23, 2013 at 8:53 am |
  73. Robert

    I think that kids are playing violent video games because their moms and dads are not paying attention to what they are playing and what they are watching. I feel that parents are responsible for their kids and for what they play and watch.

    January 23, 2013 at 8:54 am |
  74. Chase

    I am an avid gamer and the only thing that makes me violent is either A)Lag or B)CAMPERS!!!!!!!!!

    January 23, 2013 at 8:55 am |
    • chazz

      and what is this supposed to do with the question?

      January 23, 2013 at 4:41 pm |
  75. Riley

    I dont think it will effect the way they think. kids that are smart enough to know its a game and not real.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:03 am |
  76. Hector

    I do not think that violent games cause people to violent because, I for one, have been playing violent games since I was little and I am not violent. I think violence is caused by jealousy and people growing up in violent situations.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:03 am |
  77. Tamia

    I think violent video games do contribute to real life acts of violence. Sometimes people just take these games too seriously. This doesn't mean that everyone who plays violent video games grow up to kill people however. There are just some kids who become addicted to this violence and start losing their sense of morality. Then they are capable of doing harmful things to people in real life. Sometimes killing in the game isn't enough for them.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:04 am |
  78. Chris

    No, I don't think that violent vedio games effect kids because they are more prone to violence than they used to be. Plus it is all fake.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:05 am |
  79. Anthony

    I think it will efect their attitude towards people. Exchanging their violent video games is a great idea!!!!

    January 23, 2013 at 9:05 am |
  80. Terrell

    I have started playing violent games but I do not think it causes violence. Violence is caused by jealousy and hate for one another. You should not blame violence on video games.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:05 am |
  81. Austin

    In the face of power and corruption, children and teens learn that aggression and power is better than peace and tolerance.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:05 am |
  82. Susan

    i believe the program the teacher initiated is wrong. It is the parents choice as to whether or not the child plays the game.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:06 am |
  83. Morgan

    I do think that playing violent video games does contribute to violent behavior. There are so many games out there that I believe are inappropriate for kids to play. They use bad language and some of them are extremely violent. Many kids may idolize the people in these games, which causes violent behavior in children and young adults. I think that these games should not be available to children.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:06 am |
  84. Bayleigh

    On a girls point of view I do not think video games influence people to actually go out and shoot someone in real life. Video games are just for fun and to play your friends not to physically hurt someone.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:06 am |
  85. Alicia (like "Patricia")

    I do not think that violent behavior is caused by playing violent video games. I know numerous people who are perfectly docile, non-violent, even anti-violent, and they play violent video games. Sure, a person may have violent behaviors and play video games that feature mature and violent content, but those violent behaviors are already present in that person.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:08 am |
  86. Clark

    I don't think video games contribute to acts of violence. In some cases you should know right from wrong.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:08 am |
  87. Jake

    I think that violence can come from video games in the case of younger audiences, in which case it seems to only be a temporary increase in aggression or antisocial activities, not something that permanently effects their behavior. Other than some people it seems to remain only entertainment.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:08 am |
  88. Christopher

    I don't think violent video games create violent behavior,It is society who influence them to become violent.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:10 am |
  89. Brett

    Movies and video games are entertaining and has never affected my behavior or actions.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:12 am |
  90. james

    i dont think violent vidio games make people do violent things because in half the violent games you are fighting aliens, not people.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:13 am |
  91. Danovan

    I think this should not happen aigin

    January 23, 2013 at 9:16 am |
  92. Nicole

    I don't think violent video games will effect ages from 9+ because half of them are in other planets or are in the milartery and stuff life that. i also think that younger ages should not see or hear the things that go on these video games. Kids younger then 9 maybe able to see and hear this kind of games if their parents approve and if they can handle these games and movies.. Thank you for letting me share my oppion -Nicole

    January 23, 2013 at 9:19 am |
  93. Brandon

    I've played video games my entire life and I am a pacifist. Studies have shown that video games do not lead to violent behavior, and I strongly believe that. Video games are not violent. They simply show the violence of the world that we live in.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:20 am |
  94. Sam

    I think playing violent video games deosn't contirbutes to violent behavier because my friends and I play a lot of adventer games that includes shooting and other kind of vilonce things. Another thing my friend and his and my family loves to hunt so we are a little crazy but i am happy that i have friends and family that care about me and so i think its ok to have bad video games in our houses

    January 23, 2013 at 9:21 am |
  95. chad

    I love video games but as much as I hate to say it the violent one do make me a little evil

    January 23, 2013 at 9:24 am |
  96. Taylor

    I dont think violent video games are reason people do bad things. I think people need to stop finding excuses to be able to blame it on something. The shooting that happened was that persons fault. Stop blaming guns, violent video games etc..

    January 23, 2013 at 9:25 am |
  97. Adolf

    Movies and video games are made to entertain not corrupt the minds of the youth.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:26 am |
  98. Aaron

    I think that kids shouldn't even be allowed to play violent games until they are much older and more mature to understand that they shouldn't do whatever happens in those games.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:27 am |
  99. Veronicaa

    I Think That Little Kids Playing Violent Games Could Make Them Have A Bad Behavior. They Don't Know What They Are Doing, And They Think That Doing That In Real Life Won't Hurt Anybody. Parents Should Pay More Attention To What Their Kids Do!

    January 23, 2013 at 9:27 am |
  100. Katrina

    In some cases, they do. If there is no parental guidance, it is a MUST that regulations be made to ensure the safety of kids who do not realize the difference between play and reality.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:30 am |
  101. Danny

    I don't think that video games are the reason why people shoot other people it is the parents fault because they buy the games for the kids to play

    January 23, 2013 at 9:30 am |
  102. Adriana

    Violent video games should be band because of the shootings that have been happening lately. There also should be a law that prohibits children, teens and adults from purchasing violent video games so there is less shooting going on in the country and so that the victims families don't have to suffer the loss of a loved one. The world be be a better place with less shootings and people dying.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:31 am |
  103. Jacob

    I don't think that playing violent video games contributes to violent behavior. Video games are just for fun.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:32 am |
  104. jesse

    defenetly not people choose to do bad things most of the time its up to them to choose

    January 23, 2013 at 9:33 am |
  105. Jared

    I think it is a little bit of both. I think it depends on the maturity of the kid.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:34 am |
  106. Madison

    While violent video games and movies may contribute to some parts of violent behavior, I think that it desensitizes kids to violence more than anything, so they are unaffected by it and end up not taking the value of human life seriously (which is not a good thing)

    January 23, 2013 at 9:35 am |
  107. Jose

    Playing violent games does not effect the minds of smaller kids on less they are told not to do it in real life

    January 23, 2013 at 9:35 am |
  108. Ayleen

    Honestly, I feel that game violence will lead people to violence. Especially kids since they're the ones playing more often.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:39 am |
  109. Daniel

    I think this is not OK ya there violent but there kids if you raise them right then you have nothing to worry about.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:43 am |
  110. heather

    yes I think it does contribute to violent behavior and by taking away violent games there will most likely be a change in behavior.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:44 am |
  111. daniel

    maby that teacher should go on the internet and look up are violent video games bad it is going to say no violent video games are good for your brain.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:44 am |
  112. Jacob

    I think this isn't the problem. Violent video games don't deal with any of this gun violence.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:44 am |
  113. Amiah

    I think that violent video games do add to gun violence. I have seen some of the sweetest people turn into the meanest after getting involved with violent video games. Kids become more and more into the game forgetting about reality. Video games poison the creative minds.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:45 am |
  114. Cori

    I think that if a kid is playing violent games, then it shouldn't be considered a problem if they were a good person.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:45 am |
  115. Victoira

    I think it does affect your behavior cause the more you play the more you think of the violence in the games.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:46 am |
  116. Jenna

    I think it is not a good thing to blame video games....some people might actually just come up with insane ideas.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:46 am |
  117. Bradley

    Not sure sometimes when you play a game violence it keeps you entertained sometimes it can get real addiction and makes you forget about every thing

    January 23, 2013 at 9:46 am |
  118. Andrew

    i think that playing video games Will not make you mad or any thing as long as you don't play it for a long period of time.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:46 am |
  119. Zim

    If I play an NFL video game does that mean i will become professional football player? If you are saying that getting rid of violent video games that they a student made the decision to get will solve violent behavior then would you please explain what you will do about violent TV shows that are on every day? Will you tell them to stop watching TV as well? Basically I think the teacher is sending the wrong message to kids and stepping out of her job as a teacher and acting as a parent.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:46 am |
  120. nina

    video games do contribute to violent behaviors. I think that since you see it, you are more likely to be a part of it

    January 23, 2013 at 9:46 am |
  121. Thomas

    I don't think there is a connection between violent video games since most the games out there are violent, but violent movies might give a few people some bad ideas.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:46 am |
  122. mikey

    I think that its a good idea because a kid could get the wrong idea when playing a video game it could make him think killing is a good thing .

    January 23, 2013 at 9:47 am |
  123. Russell

    I think she needs to get over the fact of the games being violent for kids and the case clearly says 18 and up know body under should play this game.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:47 am |
  124. Jeremy

    I beleive that it will not as long as people will not have a violent tendancy about video games as long as they follow the guidelines of age restrictions. They put those ratings for a reason, so that violent games will be set for the more mature individual.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:48 am |
  125. Squire

    Is not the game the people ho dun it.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:48 am |
  126. branden

    i think that video games are no the resin that people are violent i play video games and im not violent

    January 23, 2013 at 9:48 am |
  127. Wesley

    To me I don't think that there is a big connection to violence from watching a video or playing a video game. People that are mentally unstable though may have a bigger connection to these games than many other people that are mentally stable. For instance if a person that is mentally unstable plays a violent game they may think it is real life so they would think something would happen. A mentally stable person would know it is not real and therefor not react in a defensive way.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:48 am |
  128. Taylor

    I think that video games might have an effect of young immature children but not older more mature teens. There should really be more parents controlling what video games and movies their children watch/play.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:49 am |
  129. Bret

    I really dont think playing violent video games has anything to do with it. But if any mental person got ahold of the game, then they it might turn into a shooting or something like that.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:49 am |
  130. Taylor

    I believe that video games does lead to violent behavior,because kids are being introduced to violent games at such a young age that involve killing people. The young kids will go out and think if you kill someone they will be perfectly ok which is not always the case.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:49 am |
  131. Josh

    I really don't think violent movies and video games contribute to the actions taken in real life. Lime me, I play call of duty black ops 2 a lot because it helps me release anger tend stress without hurting someone else.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:50 am |
  132. R.J.

    I think it could if the person playing the game was not in the right state of mind but if the person was in the right state of mind the game doesnt have a effect on violent behavior.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:50 am |
  133. Micah

    I believe that violent videogames don't contribute to violent behavior. Violent videogames AND bad mental conditions contribute to violent behavior. Any normal person with common sense can reason out that going on mass murder sprees isn't such a good idea. People with mental conditions, not so much.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:51 am |
  134. Mariah

    I think it all depends on the mental state of the person playing the game.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:51 am |
  135. Erik

    I don't think it is video games fault to make certain people think they can do it better, it's mostly the parents fault.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:52 am |
  136. Whitney

    In my honest opinion I think that it would be the parents fault for their children having erotic behavoir. The parents are the ones who let their children play the violent video games so the parents are to blame.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:52 am |
  137. Melinda

    I really think it all depends on the person. As in if they are mature enough to not think they can copy the game, and if they are mentally stable.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:52 am |
  138. Sierra

    I think student violence is caused by video games. Half the people in this world lost a love one because of shootings. I think you shouldn't buy violence video games, even if with an adult until your at least thirteen.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:53 am |
  139. Patricia

    I honestly think that playing violent video games influence violent and inapproiate behavior. It might also depend on the persons mental capacity and hw much they enjoy killing on that certain game.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:54 am |
  140. Briana

    I don't think anyone should play violent video games because they'll be violent in real life.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:56 am |
  141. Kaylee

    I think video games have a huge impact on kid violence and violence in general. Somethin should have been done a long time ago.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:56 am |
  142. Krys

    Video games are not the cause of violence. People like me use video games to realease stress and to relax.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:56 am |
  143. Maddie

    Yes, i think it does contribute to violent behavior. But only if you play the game 24/7. If your only playing it every once in a while and in your free time, i dont think it should have that much affect on violent behavior. Though it still could have an affect on how you act even if you only play it sometimes, it just depends on how your brain reacts to these types of games.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:57 am |
  144. Tim

    Violent video games don't make people violent. It's the factor of bullying that makes people unstable later on in life. Stop the bullying stop the violence

    January 23, 2013 at 9:58 am |
  145. Elise

    I think that video games can result to violent behavior,because children of lower age might not realize the difference between reality and game.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:58 am |
  146. Shane

    I think it is the parents falt if the kid acts childish they shouldn't be able have the game if it is so bad they could be a warning about please don't try this stuff at home in every game

    January 23, 2013 at 9:58 am |
  147. Jerry

    I think there is a connection between playing video games and violence and it's age-related. The younger you are, the less you know of the consequences of violence, so playing these types of games may make it easier for you to be violent the younger you start playing them.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:01 am |
  148. Bethany

    I believe that violent video games can contribute real life voile, because kids will thing that it would be fun to do it in real life.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:04 am |
  149. Daniel

    Video games that are violent have been rated M for mature, so isn't it up to the parents to determine wether their child is mature enough for the game?

    January 23, 2013 at 10:04 am |
  150. Mr. O'Neil

    I have yet to see a study showing a direct correlation between violent media (games, movies, etc.) and violence in real life. Until we have this evidence, it is difficult to justify a conclusion either way. Anecdotal evidence is no evidence at all.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:04 am |
  151. destiny

    i thinks it's a good idea because it will get them to not be violent and not think about killing and shooting and stuff like that.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:05 am |
  152. alex

    I think it is a great idea because kids spend most time playing violent games and end up having bad behavior i think they should be a least 16+ to play violent games.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:06 am |
    • Alyssa

      no one should be playing violent video games

      January 23, 2013 at 10:30 am |
      • Naim

        same thought

        January 23, 2013 at 10:49 pm |
  153. Landon

    I think that violent games do lead to bad behavior i think what this teacher is doing is good because theres 10/11 Year olds playing really bad violent games and they think that they can do it.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:09 am |
  154. Paidyn

    I think that this is not called for because some people play and they are not violent and some might not be violent.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:10 am |
  155. Corbin

    Maybe because some might not be violent and some might be violent but it does not mean that a video game will change some one and it is just for fun to play.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:10 am |
  156. shawn

    NO NO NO I don't think that all the deaths in the world are because all the violence video game and i'm not saying that because I love video games.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:11 am |
  157. Sam and Sarah

    I think it can,because it encourages violence, and people on games will be rewarded for killing more and more people. We don't want to be teaching our next generation that it's fun to play violent. Plus on most games the more you kill the more respect you'll get, so if a kids being bullied he may hurt that person thinking he'll get m,ore respect.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:12 am |
  158. Mikenzy

    No. Just because kids watch violent movies or play violent video games doesn't make them think its okay to be violent in real life.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:12 am |
  159. Liese

    I disagree with this teacher when she says that violent video games and movies lead to violence, but I still think it is a good idea to buy them back, because it can desensitize you to violence.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:12 am |
  160. Sam and Sarah

    I think it can,because it encourages violence, and people on games will be rewarded for killing more and more people. We don't want to be teaching our next generation that it's fun to play violent. Plus on most games the more you kill the more respect you'll get, so if a kids being bullied he may hurt that person thinking he'll get more respect.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:12 am |
    • Conner

      S and S, Well there is a reason for the E, T and M ratings. So it won't lead to that if the parents are smart and teach that before giving them the money to buy that stuff.

      January 23, 2013 at 10:35 am |
  161. Corlin

    Where were the parents when their kids are playing these games and showing them right from wrong. Its not the games and movies it is the parents not teaching their kids.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:12 am |
  162. Ryland

    I think it depends on your age and how you act around violent behavior because kids will be scared.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:13 am |
  163. Kyleigh

    I think it is but it's not well why I don't is because guns don't kill people people kill people and it's not always the video games it could be that he had a ruff life but it does not excuse people to kill and I think it is a good idea to take them away because maybe it was all the video games but the fact is that you should never use violence or the past to bring violence back to people and for that we should take all of the terrified/violence things away cause we are not violent people we just bring the past back and use it against people.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:13 am |
  164. Kaitlan

    I don't think violent video games cause violence because normal people will always follow the law.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:14 am |
  165. Jacob

    I believe that you should be able to know if your able to handle the violent video games. Just because one person does something wrong does not have to mean it ruins it for everyone.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:15 am |
  166. Kayla

    I agree with the teacher. Violent games lead to violent behavior, and giving the kids a choice to get money back for their video games is a good idea.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:15 am |
  167. Katelyn

    I think violent video games does contribute violent behavior. A lot of people are watching very violent movies and playing violent video games. Especially kids who are not old enough. I think someone needs to do something about it so not as much kids are getting violent behaviors.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:16 am |
  168. Tori

    I agree with this, because if the kids play them, like Black Ops 2, there's a lot of shooting in there. It might influence them to actually do it, and so that's why we shouldn't influence them to that kind of violence.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:17 am |
  169. Shelby

    I do believe that some violent games can cause violent behavior with kids online or not. But one time online I did hear these two guys on my Xbox friends list like yelling at each other because we were all playing a game of Black Ops and they were mad by stealing each others kills and other things and I didn’t even know the guys.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:17 am |
  170. Lupita

    I think that watching a violent movie or playing a violent game could put a person in a violent mood.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:18 am |
  171. Jenna

    I think that the teacher’s program is a smart one; there are obvious connections to the violence in the games to our now more violent children. Children usually behave a bit of a violent nature. But with all the new killing games it’s no wonder children have become more violent.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:19 am |
  172. Jonathan

    I do not think there any connection to violence on videos/video games. I think people can make there own chooses.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:20 am |
  173. Cornelius

    I think that people could pick up a bad attitude from violent video games.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:20 am |
  174. Alexis

    I do not think violent videogames and movies have an effect on violent behavior. Kids play and watch this type of media for entertainment. It isn’t harming anyone. It won’t give them any ideas because half the time it is unrealistic and kids cannot get the type of gun material and other weapons showed in the violent media.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:20 am |
  175. Austin

    I do not think that violent video games affect people’s behavior. Their behavior depends on what has happened to them in the past and the present. A lot of people these days have family problems or financial problems as well as some of them might have lost a parent. All of these factors contribute to the behavior of kids at school today.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:21 am |
  176. sabrina

    I believe that the violent game shows to people that it is okay to do thing like that in the game. It is a good idea to take the violent games away that are causing these violent actions for people and children. People who play these games think that it’s okay to do the things in the game and people don’t realize this until someone dies or gets hurt. So taking the games away would start to help children realize that it’s much better not to play the games that make them feel like its okay to do wrong things.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:22 am |
  177. Nick

    I think the teacher's idea is a great one. The incentive she added for the students who turned in their violent video games adds a nice touch. I truly believe that violent media, whether it be movies, video games or comics, can influence violent behavior in a subliminal way. It's not just entertainment; what you see or do in the virtual world can affect what decisions you make in the real world.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:22 am |
  178. Hannah

    Yes. I think some of the violence in the world are because of these games and movies. And to prove it my brother plays these violent games and watch's these movies. I think parents should not buy theses things for their kids. If they want them not to be violent then don't keep buying it and get the games and movies away for them. Lock the movies in a box and throw away the games. That is what they need to do to stop the violence.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:22 am |
  179. Desiree

    I think that playing violent video games can cause violent behavior. However I think that it can only affect younger kids that play the game. As far as older people they should know better and they should know how to control themselves.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:23 am |
  180. Jasmine

    I don't think it's the video games fault. It's the same thing with guns, it's not the guns or video games fault, it's the people who don't use them properly.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:23 am |
  181. Condor

    Gun violence does not happen because kids play video games or movies, if it did there would be way more gun violence

    January 23, 2013 at 10:24 am |
  182. Paige

    Everything these days centers around environment. If kids learn young to be or act violent, they'll realistically continue that.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:24 am |
  183. Alyssa

    Kids shouldn't be playing video games all day it ruins there eyes and teaches them violent things so when they get older they might do something like the sandy hook guy did

    January 23, 2013 at 10:24 am |
  184. Skyler

    The violence of these games doesn’t affect everybody who plays them. I’ve played violent games, and watched violent shows, and I’m still considered a kind hearted person. Some people get violent behavior, simply because they assumingly play, or watch them too much.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:25 am |
  185. Tatiana

    I do believe that playing violent games and watching violent movies can contribute to negative behavior. I’ve seen it first hand. Young children are more likely to become more interested in this genre of movies and games. Sooner or later they star to act like the people or characters in the games or movies.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:25 am |
  186. Jackson

    I believe that playing violent video games doesn’t contribute to violence. It just depends on the type of person playing the games.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:25 am |
  187. Jodie

    I do feel that young children can be influenced by violence in video games and in movies. I believe that it's a parent's responsibility to monitor what their children play and view. I do not think that these violent games and movies cause kids to kill, however, when they are put into the hands of the wrong people then they certainly do more harm than good. I think it's a step in the right direction to limit violence in media!

    January 23, 2013 at 10:26 am |
  188. Jordan

    I think that violent TV, movies, and video games don't affect behavior because at the age most parents allow their kids to play them the kid should be able to control their behaviors and know that what the games show aren't meant for in the real world. If a young kid was exposed to this until they were twenty one then that would affect their behavior, but a twelve year old's behavior shouldn't be affected if they were raised to know right from wrong.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:26 am |
  189. Madeline

    I think that it depends on the type of violent game, the length of playing time, and the person itself! If you have a student that only plays 40 minutes of violent video games a day, they are less likely to act upon violent thoughts.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:26 am |
  190. Raven

    I think that violent video games and movies can have an impact on some people but to other people I don’t think it will do anything to them. Some people copy what they see on T.V. or in video games, but then there are other people who will not copy everything they see on the screen. So in some ways for some people violence on t.v. or in video game can change the perspective on the way people see things in life, but for others it doesn’t even faze them.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:26 am |
  191. Makayla :)

    I don't hink that violent games are going to be to bad but I don't think that parents should get 9 or 10 year olds games that show them this kind of stuff. I don;t think it is good for little kids to see that because they might think that is ok for them to do it if you have older kids then it is okay but I don't think that people should bye little kids violent video games.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:27 am |
  192. Connor

    I don't think violent video games lead to violent behavior. I think anyone in their right minds would know not to go out and try to act out what video game characters do. I think it's a waste of time to try too, only because so many people play violent video games.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:27 am |
    • Connor

      I don't mean to be rude when I say this. I get frustrated because it's people who do things. Not video games. It's not really fair to those who know the difference.

      January 23, 2013 at 10:37 am |
  193. Ashley

    I believe that violent video games do affect the young children and adults because the games make violence seem fun when it isn't. I think that what the teacher is doing is great, offering money in return for something potentially harmful is the way to go.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:27 am |
  194. Sierra

    I think that some of the violence that happens in the world comes from violent video games. Some kids/teens play these kinds of games just for fun or to do something, which sometimes turns into a problem when their older. The violent video games are a harm to kids brains and their active life.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:28 am |
  195. Phillip

    I don't believe video games contribute to violence I think it's just how the person is and what happens to him/her. In my opinion it's the psychological/mental state of the person and video games should not be the escape goat for all the crimes and shootings because its not there fault and there are plenty of people that play them that don't act in violence.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:28 am |
  196. Carson

    I believe that most kids are responsible enough to know not to repeat actions seen in these video games.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:29 am |
  197. Scott

    No violent video games do not cause death or pain only in the game it causes pain but in the game u can choose weather to kill good people or bad we shouldent wast good games cause one crazy guy killed he had probs with his brain not cause video game its not like it wont happen again he shot him self

    January 23, 2013 at 10:29 am |
  198. Noah

    The parent is the one who choses whether the child can have it or not. When you go to the store the clerk asks the parent and it is their decision not just the child's.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:29 am |
  199. Conner

    Games do not contribute to bad behavior at all. If someone is going to do something bad, it's because they already had those ideas in mind. These kids are giving away there games because they are old ones and they are getting money for.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:32 am |
  200. Maddie

    I feel that violence is an issue because of video games, because what they are learning to do is technically to hurt people for no reason. Or to take the violence out on other people when it is not needed. So therefor those teachers are doing the right thing

    January 23, 2013 at 10:33 am |
  201. RICARDO

    I think that the teacher is sick in the head WHO DOES SHE THINK SHE IS COMING UP WITH SUCH NONSENSE I WISH I COULD GIVE HER A PEICE OF MY MIND VIDEO GAMES/MOVIES DO NOT CAUSE VIOLENCE PARENTS AND BULLIES AND THE KIDS THEY "HANG OUT" WITH CAUSE VIOLENCE.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:37 am |
    • selena

      ok but come down . saying that leads to VIOLINCE

      January 23, 2013 at 4:46 pm |
  202. Erin

    No I do not think that violent video games and movies contribute to violent behavior. It is the free choice of the individual to be violent or not. You cannot always be sure that it is what the individual watches or plays in their time. They may have issues that you are unsure of and not the activity that they find “amusing”.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:38 am |
  203. Ty

    Why would video games be causing all of this. There are shootings going around because those people are insane. If video games did cause all of this we would have stopped playing them a long time ago.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:40 am |
  204. Marcelino

    I think that the violent video games do affect the people who play them and they especialy effect young children and the memories of the violent games will be in their brains for their whole life. And when they get older, that is when they think that real life is a video game. And that is were the shootings at school come from.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:41 am |
  205. Jerry

    Video Games, are not the reason people shot others. Guns don't kill people people kill people.Games might make people mad but a game does not make people go get a gun and shot someone.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:44 am |
  206. jake

    i think is a bad idea is not the movies or games fault is the peoples fault.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:44 am |
  207. christian

    video games are for entertainment with your friends or by yourself, playing video games with guns is like playing a car game, its not the real thing.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:44 am |
  208. Kyoku

    Violent games may possibly have an affect on people, but can also be good. It's a way of letting loose emotions, and negative feelings towards people. You can spend fifteen minutes doing that, and feel better when you're done.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:44 am |
  209. Makayla

    I think that they should let them because it is not that bad for them to play games like that. A lot of kids like games and movies like that so you should let them have what they want.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:44 am |
  210. Summer

    Violent video games and movies really do contribute to violent actions. When kids play all the gun games like Call of Duty, one of the first things you learn to do is how to kill a people with guns, knives, and bombs. The only steps left would to get your hands on a gun, or some other killing device, and kill.
    The Floridian teacher has a really good idea. Although kids already know how to kill, it will eventually become unfamiliar and hopefully forgotten! More teachers should have this policy at their schools!

    January 23, 2013 at 10:44 am |
    • john

      what summer said is not true just because you shoot guns and knife people in Call of Duty doesnt mean that you automaticly know how to use it! there is a lot of difference between pulling a trigger on your couch and pulling a trigger on a gun, and even worse clicking a joystick is A LOT! different that taking out a knife and stabbing someone and you dont even use bombs or know how to wire them just from watching cutscenes so your argument is totaly invalid.

      January 23, 2013 at 11:05 am |
    • wyatt

      I respect your opinion yet I would like to know where you got the information for quote "violent games and movies really do contribute to violent actions" because scientifically those statistics do not EXIST.

      January 23, 2013 at 11:11 am |
      • Will

        it does not contribute to violent behaviors i have plenty of cod games infamous and battle field and i am not violent

        January 23, 2013 at 3:01 pm |
      • selena

        you guys have your opion. you mean as that call of duty should be illegal but not other games

        January 23, 2013 at 4:42 pm |
      • Saumil

        Wyatt is incorrect. It has been scientifically proven that video games contribute to gun violence. Plus you play it all the time

        January 23, 2013 at 11:11 pm |
  211. Gabrielle

    Well yes and no because, when kids gets done playing violence games there behavior it's not the same they should least play violence game only once a week. cause most kid's play video games everyday and doesn't do their homework. No because not a lot of kid's play violence games they play normal games. almost all the kids play outside. like outside games, sports instead of video games.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:49 am |
  212. Nathan

    Games affect people who let themselves become affected and it's their fault because they believe that if someone fake can do it, they can too and have no actual reasoning

    January 23, 2013 at 10:51 am |
  213. Grace

    I think it depends on what type of person you are. With some people, it can make them more violent in real life. But with others, it doesn't change them at all. I think the people who the video games don't affect are the ones bringing in the games to the teacher in Florida.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:52 am |
  214. Caitlin

    I have heard about how violence video games contributes to violent behavior for years. I do think that it somewhat does. Most of the shootings though are because of the assault weapons that are of access to these people. The video games do make people violent but it's the goverment's fault for making it so easy for people to have access to these assault weapons.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:52 am |
  215. Mason

    I think that violent games have had an impact on violence in our society. I have to agree with the old phrase "Trash in, trash out." What we are spending our time doing will eventually come out. It will show in our actions!

    January 23, 2013 at 10:55 am |
  216. Hayden

    I think that violent video games could possibly effect your actions, but there is still no reason to make games like that more expensive There is no reason to change them what so ever.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:56 am |
  217. Seth

    I think that video game do not make most people violent. They have a game rating for a reason. It could be anything like a book, a movie, or T.V. show. People were voilent during the 1900s they didn't have video games back then. Its the environment that kids grow up, if they aren't raised well and told whats bad or good then they see the games and think they can do that.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:57 am |
  218. Dylan

    I think that all parents are entitled to their own opinions on whether or not their kids can play violent games. And if a kid wanted to do something violent to hurt people, it wouldn't matter if they played Call of Duty or Halo the night before. If they want to hurt people they will.

    January 23, 2013 at 11:00 am |
  219. Landen

    Violent video games may effect peoples minds, but I don't think it is going to make smarter people make stupid decisions unless somebody has mental or emotional problems and can't grasp reality that well. Video games can be a good way to relax and stop worrying about stressful things. I think you might have some problems if the person playing it was really young and didn't understand things well, but I don't think people should lose them just because of a few people doing dumb things.

    January 23, 2013 at 11:01 am |
  220. wyatt

    I believe that violent games do not cause violence, there are no scientific connections between the two violence is caused by peoples nature and how they feel about others also I have been playing violent games my entire life and I have not once thought of shooting, stabbing, blowing up anything violence and rage comes from greed, sadness, and jealousy and just because you shoot a gun in the game DOESNT MEAN YOU KNOW HOW TO USE IT.

    January 23, 2013 at 11:02 am |
  221. Trinity

    It may for someone with a mental disability so i would recommend limited playing for them but others should no the difference between video game violence and whats acceptable in real life

    January 23, 2013 at 11:17 am |
  222. Rachel

    I like that the teacher is taking a stand to banning violent behavior in video games and movies. In my opinion, I think this is how criminials and every day people get these gruesome ideas for violence.

    January 23, 2013 at 11:18 am |
  223. Jesse

    Violent media stems from humanity's natural inclination to violence. Were it not for our own tendencies, violent media would not be as popular as it is.

    January 23, 2013 at 11:18 am |
  224. Jana

    I disagree, because hundreds of kids have played violent games and most of them will never shoot people. Saying that video games kill people is like blaming a failed test on your pencil. Buying them back is a great way to gain attention and waste money. The kids will probably buy more anyways.

    January 23, 2013 at 11:19 am |
  225. Fraley

    I agree that gun violence has an effect on children. Everything a child observes or participates in has an effect on their day to day actions. Just like a child who exersizes everyday will get stronger, a child who plays violent videos games will become more vonurable to vilonce.

    January 23, 2013 at 11:21 am |
  226. Dalton

    If violent vidoe games are taken from kids then thier parents spent money on for nothing. Violent video games dont make kids want to kill. Sure it shows them how to kill but kids wont kill people. I have tons of violent video games and I'm not violent at all.

    January 23, 2013 at 11:21 am |
    • Wyland

      I know me too dude i have Battlefield 3,COD 4,COD Modern Warfare 2,Halo Wars(which was in the video)Halo 3, Halo 4
      and Halo: Reach

      January 23, 2013 at 5:08 pm |
  227. Elaqad

    We know for certain that violent movies and video games contribute to violent behavior, but because of huge economic benefits they may bring, we seem deliberately ignore their dangers. What the teacher has done in Florida is a good start and a daring courageous step. She helps raise awareness among adolescents about violence in the way they entertain. The same message also send to their parents who should put more concern on their children.

    January 23, 2013 at 11:21 am |
  228. Christina

    I disagree because these media are fictional. Some games do not require harming humans, and the ones that do still take place in a world that is not real. Besides, not every killer has watched a violent movie or played a violent video game before they committed crimes, and murderers existed before movies and video games were even invented. Everyone should use common sense and moral judgement in deciding what is right and wrong.

    January 23, 2013 at 11:23 am |
  229. Raeann

    They are a bad influence and it teaches kids how to kill other people.

    January 23, 2013 at 11:23 am |
  230. Dalton

    I don't think violent games and movies are a direct connnection to violence, because if a little kid is playing a game and steals a car it's not like he is going to steal a car in real life

    January 23, 2013 at 11:23 am |
  231. Aidan

    From my opinion violent movies and games do affect young children. But it is mainly the parents fault for letting their children play those games. But the teacher buying the games from the kids is bad. After the kids sell their old games they can go out and buy new ones which are more violent. So I think buying games from the children is a bad idea and they should stop it.

    January 23, 2013 at 11:24 am |
  232. Luke

    My friends are really cool and nice and don't play these. Some other kids play these games and are mean

    January 23, 2013 at 3:00 pm |
  233. Mariah

    I am not sure if it is because it really depends on that owner’s state of mind. Say the owner is in a good state of mind the probably wont react on what they see on the game how ever if the person is in a bad state of mind then they just might react depending on what their game shows. So I really don’t know if it is a good thing or a bad thing.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:00 pm |
  234. nick

    games r fuck

    January 23, 2013 at 3:00 pm |
  235. Hailey

    Living with a little brother that plays any violent game he can get a hold of myself, I believe that violent games will lead to the same such behavior. When you get caught up in it, it can change your attitude because you start to believe that the game is depending on you, and you are a part of it. But, it could also depend on how you let it get to you, and how much you play it. Playing it all day and playing it for a short period of time can have two totally different impacts.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:02 pm |
  236. Hannah

    I think what the teacher is doing could help kids realize violence is not accepted. But I don’t think that it has anything to do with the violence that it has caused, I think all the school shootings have to deal with the mental stability of the child and mental health.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:02 pm |
  237. David

    I think that there is a connection between violent video games and all of the shooting’s that are occurring around the country, think about these shooting’s are happening as all these type of video games are getting popular and as they get more and more used around the country.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:03 pm |
  238. Antoinette

    I think the program is a waste of everyone’s money. It’s wasting the kids or their parent’s money from buying the game, even though the students get money in return from the teacher, it’s only a fraction of the amount they originally paid for. I do believe there is a connection between violent media and violent behavior. Violent media is modeled after violent behavior.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:04 pm |
  239. JIll

    My Opinion is that violent games are causing violence. I think this because young children that are playing violent games think that it’s okay to be violent. They are so young that they think everything they see id okay to do. The violent games that young children are playing for example Black oops, when they get older they are going to think that it okay to be violent when it not.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:05 pm |
  240. hannah..

    I think that violent video games do not make you behave differently. I have played them before and my behavior has not changed to violence. If there are people that act in a violent matter I guess don’t need to play them, but I have not seen someone act any different.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:05 pm |
  241. Danielle

    I think that playing violent video games doesn’t usually lead to bad behavior because it is just a game. It’s supposed to be fun, but then again somebody could go out and do it in real life. In a way, I think it is but then isn’t violent.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:05 pm |
  242. Claire

    I don’t think that they should take away their video games, I honestly think that its not going to cause any trouble its just video games and most kids know to keep the violence in the video game rather than take it to the real world so I think that they should be able to keep their video games and be able to play them, just don’t do anything bad in real life, and most kids are more mature then to do gun violence in real life.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:06 pm |
  243. Kennedy

    I think that Violent video games effect kids knowledge and their behavior. My friend plays gun or should I say violent video games. He knows the names of many different types of guns. Also the way that he behaves in school is now showing some bad behavior. He told me that he bullies other kids and that sometimes he wants a gun. I think that people should really take those games away. Also the media influence's that guns are good. People also get addicted to these games and movies and shows. Why is this good? People should make an organization where they help kids that have thoughts tat are violent. Like military school for kids.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:07 pm |
  244. Lezell

    I strongly believe that the government shouldn't punish those who enjoy these games and aren't affeced negatively. We should trust the parents' judgement in letting their chlid play these games, they need to know if their child will be affected positively or negatively by these certain video games.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:11 pm |
  245. Yexi

    The video games are very influential.
    It's easy for kids our age to influenced by that stuff.
    Video Games with that stuff shouldn't be exposed to certain people.
    Especially younger children.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:11 pm |
  246. Eric

    yes i think any kids under age shouldn`t
    play/watch violent movies or games until there 12 and up

    January 23, 2013 at 3:12 pm |
  247. Anonymous

    I think no because kids play them allot and if you take them away they will be sad and some violent games teach them some self-defense so they don't get bullied.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:13 pm |
  248. josh

    I think we should not throw away violent video games because if you are smart enough you should do the right thing and don`t use guns at somebody.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:13 pm |
  249. Sara

    I think that violent games and movies can lead to violence, but they shouldn't. There is a reason we have ratings on games and movies. by the time we come to a certain age to be able to play those games or watch those movies our brains should be developed enough to understand not to replicate what happens on the screen. It is all just a matter of who plays it, when they play it, and whether or not they understand what not to copy.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:14 pm |
  250. Lezell

    I strongy believe that the government shouldn't take away video games, instead we need to trust the parents' judgement on whether they believe their child will not be affected negatively

    January 23, 2013 at 3:14 pm |
  251. Hope

    Yes I think that they should get rid of these violent video games because they are bringing more and more of violence into this world.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:15 pm |
  252. Tori

    Ibelive that volient video games aren't the problem, these things have been happening before video games came along. I don't think there is a connection between the fictional video game and the real world. People know right from wrong they choose their own future.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:15 pm |
  253. Thomas

    don't take away my call of duty black ops 2!!! i think no because kids like me play them and that will lead to me and outher kids will have to play them illegally and that will make are panters get fined.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:15 pm |
  254. Cameron

    I think no because kids play them allot and if you take them away they will be sad and some violent games teach them some self-defense so they don't get bullied.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:16 pm |
  255. Bryan

    I really don't think violent video games are the problems. I think they are somewhat educational (for some video games) and people already know that a lot of the video games are fake. also video games have violence. even Early Childhood games has violence in some way.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:17 pm |
  256. Makayla

    I think yes because theres been more violence than there been before that why theres rating on our video games and our brain shouldnt be thinking thats the right thing to do.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:18 pm |
  257. Cooper

    Kids should not be asked to give in their violent video games or movies because every kid should know that violence is wrong, and video games are just made up so kids and people have fun playing them. Also it is the parents decision to let the kids own the video game or movie, so if the parents think that the kids really will act immaturely and pursue the video game's actions in real life, then the parents should just take the game or movie away, or not let them get it in the first place.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:22 pm |
  258. Katie

    I don`t think it would make any difference because it is all just for fun.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:23 pm |
  259. Derek

    I think the teacher is trying to prevent another school shooting by ridding violence among the students. Maybe this could inspire other teachers across the country to do something similar, and we can at least halt some of the problems in modern day schools.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:26 pm |
  260. Madelyn

    Yes i believe violent movies and games are creating violents but this is why there are rating on movies and video games so that seven years olds don't play a game that is made for twenty years olds and that is why there are video games that are for seven years and movies for seven years so they don't watch PG-13 or R movies taht are made for high schoolers and adults they have movies that are PG or G and games rated for E for every one so they don't get stuck with games that bring violents to them or people around them

    January 23, 2013 at 3:28 pm |
  261. Rimey

    Yes I do think that playing violent video games, can contribute to violent behavior. Why because the person sits there and play or watches they see all these guns and shooting, hitting people. Maybe they get use to it and want to try it in real life. Or when the person get mad at the game and throws the controller, maybe when they get mad at there mom or dad they’ll decide to throw a book or something at them. They get so use to it so they want to try and see how it is in real life and how it feels…

    January 23, 2013 at 3:30 pm |
  262. Anna

    It's not the video games that make people violent. It's how they let it influence them. People make their own choices so it may not be a result of video games. Though I think they should make age restrictions on violent video games.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:32 pm |
  263. Brooke

    Yes because it encourages people into doing violent things. If you are watching a movie about killings a person might want to try killing people as well as they do in the movies. If you are playing video games that are violent then maybe you want to be like them in real life so you will try it.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:33 pm |
  264. Eric

    yes but no because it matters what you play and watch and the age your at

    January 23, 2013 at 3:34 pm |
  265. Anthony

    I play these games too and i dont think they should take them away cause kids think its fun and that would be taking awya their fun.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:35 pm |
  266. jesus

    I don't think violent video games or movies are the reason of the violence because if children buy a mature video game i'm sure the parents are going to check the game and make sure its the right choice.children should not watch violent movies unless parents are okay with it

    January 23, 2013 at 3:35 pm |
  267. Teyonna

    I think the teacher's program is good. I think children shouldn't be watching the violence and hearing all the foul language.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:35 pm |
  268. Armando

    No this is no true !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 23, 2013 at 3:36 pm |
  269. Timmi

    I think its a good idea because when I myself starts playing violent video games i think that's awesome and think how cool it would be to kill a zombie or something. But i don't think they should do it because kids/teens or even adults should know it's wrong and they should keep it in the game and SHOULD NOT bring it into real life.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:37 pm |
  270. Katie

    I don`t think it makes that much of a difference because they aren`t saying they should use the weapons.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:38 pm |
  271. leea

    playing violent video games, i believe does have an effect on children's behavior. if a child grows up around violent video games and movies they begin to think that it is okay to be this way, violent. if they are not around these violet games often, then it wont be as harmful to there behavior.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:38 pm |
  272. Alvi

    Most kids know that the stuff in video games are not real.Iv'e never seen a report saying a kid started becoming violent just from a video game.As long as parents tell there child its not real then its fine.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:38 pm |
  273. Brianna

    I think yes because it can sometimes influence you to wanting to play for real with Bebe guns and after that you would want to move up to real guns. I think some people might even want to start killing people and enjoy it because they would think of it like the game.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:39 pm |
  274. spoogmai

    I think that violent video games or violent movies do not make kids violent because some kids are not that dumb to try something that happens on a game or in a movie. Also kids stay up late to play a violent game and then that would gave them nightmares so I am not sure that A kid would do something dangerous because they saw it in a game or a movie.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:39 pm |
  275. Mario

    I dont know because I allways play gun games and I have never did somthing violent in my life.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:39 pm |
  276. Josephine

    I believe that violent video games could affect a person's life, but I do think that it is okay for people to play them. As long as it is okay with an adult and you watch how long you play I believe that it is okay to play violent games once in a while. Although you can not always trust certain people. Playing these certain games could make a person's character change. I do think that it is okay to play these games once in a while.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:39 pm |
  277. logan

    it is redundant to even think that it would be violent because its not the games but the kids who play the games the game dose not tell them to go kill some one it mostly just giving them the experience to be in the army they do not hand you a gun and say go kill some one

    January 23, 2013 at 3:40 pm |
  278. zachary

    no and yes because there are so people out there that can't understand that they are playing just a game and they think its not a game. They think its real and they think theres aliens on the loose killing people or theres a nuke headed to blow up Washington or something stupid like that. But also there are people out there that know it just a dum game thats fun and addicting because you and your friends can play together on it and help them along the way.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:40 pm |
  279. Jacob

    I think kids who are younger than 10 years old should not be playing violent video games.I like playing some violent video games.That is what I think.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:40 pm |
  280. Joe

    I play those games. I don't think there bad at all.it is a game.let your kids or if you are a kid go show yo mom and dad this post:)

    January 23, 2013 at 3:40 pm |
  281. drake

    No video games do not have to be involved with vilence bcaes their would be way more killing happing becase people play games all day and its not like they are going out and killing people so that is why villent video games are not involved

    January 23, 2013 at 3:41 pm |
  282. Armando

    I play violent games and watch violent movies . But they have never affected me. Its just a game , your not going to do it in real life . Its not the games fault , its the peoples fault for acting like that .

    January 23, 2013 at 3:41 pm |
  283. Taryn

    I think violent video games cause bad and violent behavior. Some children will act out the scenes in the video games and end up hurting people (I know some children don't do this but, trust me I know plenty of kids who do.) i know that there are some harmless video games but, some children still play the violent ones. I think children shouldn't play these games

    January 23, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
  284. James

    I think Yes, because people who play violent video games, tend to have a bad reputation later in life.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
  285. prestin

    i think we should keep playing violent video games

    January 23, 2013 at 3:43 pm |
  286. Kayla

    Actually it depends on the person that was playing. Say if it was a mentally ill person maybe. Non-mental it is their decision.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:43 pm |
  287. Hailie

    Yes , I agree that violent video games and DVDs are one of the many ways that violent behavior comes from kids. I also agree that they are a very violent thing that kids are playing and watching these days. And i think that it is a very big deal that violet kids are becoming that way because of video games and DVDs. Some people think that it is because of other things but i strongly think that it all comes from video games and DVDs . Ya some people say that it doesn't come from that but ya it does.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:44 pm |
  288. Justin

    yes i think that violent games should be band for younger kids because a long time ago a kid played a violent game and bang a gun to school and shoot the gun in his school.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:44 pm |
  289. Adrianna

    I think video games do make people more violent there have been studies shown where a group of people play video games and the other half do not. The half that did play video games did not think twice about things and easily made wrong choices , and had more of a temper. So I do think video games cause violent behavior , but it doesn't cause all bad behavior.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:44 pm |
  290. Amanda

    No, I don't think so because it can teach them varieties of things but it also wont change them. I play violent games and i'm a girl, but it doesn't change who I am. I have a brother at home who plays X-box all day and all night but it doesn't change how he was before he was playing these games. And these are some reasons why I chose no.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:44 pm |
  291. Autumn

    I believe that playing a violent video game or watching a violent movie won't make a child more or less violent. I think that if children act violent, it's because of things like bad parenting or bullies at school and the fact that this country reacts to everything 'bad' with violent intentions.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:44 pm |
  292. Nashaly

    Yes, they do affect children but it isn’t there fault, it’s the Video game companies. They pay thousands of dollars to just make one violent game ad seem cooler in some way but children don’t see the negative in it since they focus on graphics and such. It’s like moths to a flame, causing them to become vulnerable against it.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:45 pm |
  293. John

    Violent video games do change your behavior because if the video game has a gun that you may like you would want to get the gun in real life and that could be bad

    January 23, 2013 at 3:45 pm |
  294. Trevor

    I think this fact is stupid its not like two kids are going to bring a gun to school and shoot each other. There is also no proven fact its like saying to kids are getting in fights cause the play GTA. everyone plays games the sandyook shooting was not cause games thats cause that guy had no life. Just cause people get shoot does not mean it is cause video games with guns in it.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:45 pm |
  295. Dom

    Its not the games that is making violent choices for kids what ever age u.Never here some one fighting because of a video game and besides the fact the game isn't controlling the kid hes controlling it so what every he does thats on him/her.I am a gamer my self and yes I do play 17+ games i have never been suspended been in a fight or any violent things.I don't think its the game but parents should monitor the games kids play and even play it to see if they want there child playing it.In a sense it could be the parents fault thats my opinion whats yours.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:45 pm |
  296. Quinn

    In my opinion, no. I play these games and It does not result in violence. Instead it makes me stay away from violence because it will result in a consequence.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:45 pm |
  297. Heather

    I don't think that video games will cause kids to also be violent in really life, but still it is a good idea for them to buy back violent games.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:46 pm |
  298. Audrey

    Violent games/movies affect children and what this teacher is doing is a very positive thing to do. The kids decide whether or not they want to keep those games/movies and its not like their being forced to give back their things. They are getting paid give them up.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:47 pm |
  299. Anthony

    I say that all kids should be able to play any sort of video games because when kids play games they don't think "I'm going to be a murderer when I grow up."

    January 23, 2013 at 3:48 pm |
  300. Savannah

    I think for some people violent games and violent movies can teach teenagers and children that shooting or hurting someone is just a game. The game is then teaching them that it is okay to hurt someone because it is a game. I think teens or children need to learn now that it is not okay to hurt someone so they don't get in trouble later in life.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:51 pm |
  301. Anthony

    I think that is VERY STUPID because games as Mario said in one of the comments, have eased aggression, and you don't see very many kids that did a crime, say that I did it because of video games.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:51 pm |
  302. Dustin

    This is rediculous there is no way that violent video cause these things to happen. There has never been in any video game period a guy going in a school and shooting a bunch of kids therefore, this was not the cause of it. Even if that did happen in some game someone would have to be insane to actually go out and do it. That is if the sandy hook tradgedy even really happened.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:51 pm |
  303. Sam

    Violent Video games do not change your behavior because most gun shootings are from people with mental illness, or it could also be from who raised you or who your friends were. Most people that shoot someone were depressed or agree at something or someone, Me myself play video games and i'm not violent ;)

    January 23, 2013 at 3:53 pm |
  304. ZACK

    video games have no effect on older teens but maybe on younger children but i have been on video games violet ones mainly and have no effect on me and i have perfect atendce and never got detention or expelled.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:54 pm |
  305. jessie

    It would depend on the movie or game. I don`t think that it is a good idea to let kids watch violent movies or shows and play violent games. Parents who are letting there kids watch or playing violent anything should stop and wait until they are 13 or older.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:55 pm |
  306. Amanda

    I think is NOT a GOOD idea because i like Violent games

    January 23, 2013 at 3:55 pm |
  307. Quinton

    No. As long as people are mature enough to not do things that they do or that happen in Movies and Games, there is nothing wrong with it. Also playing these games can be good for letting out anger and/ or their aggressive behavior. After all, doing it in a game is better than doing it in real life.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:58 pm |
  308. Dylan

    I think violent video games can stop people from harming others because they can take all of their anger out on fake video game characters instead of real people. Also if kids don't have violent video games/movie they may get bored and start to think about harming real people for fun.

    January 23, 2013 at 4:02 pm |
  309. Jackson

    I don't think that these violent video games have anything to do with this behavior. I have Friends and brothers playing games like COD and Halo, and they don't seem any more violent than when they played Madagascar as toddlers

    January 23, 2013 at 4:04 pm |
  310. Morgan

    Violent video games do not contribute to violence whatsoever. There have been studies done that show just that. Banning them is censorship. And even if they were banned, why wouldn't violent movies and books? The real problem is gun control and mental-health issues. How do I know? Because the U.S. has the highest amount of gun crime in the world but not the highest video game consumption. Also, any mentally-well person can distinguish from real life and fantasy. It is unnerving to see how quickly people point fingers and lay the blame on a scapegoat, such as video games, without any real information to back their claim up.

    January 23, 2013 at 4:05 pm |
    • Morgan

      Just clarifying, this is not a matter of opinion. This is not looking at the well-established information and instead blaming something that is not to blame.

      January 23, 2013 at 4:05 pm |
  311. Jackson

    Not unless the players have a mental issue. If that is not the case, then i don't believe we will be seeing to many people jumping roof to roof, and acting like a maniac

    January 23, 2013 at 4:06 pm |
  312. Ameir

    No I don't think violent games or movies should be taken away from kids, but i think people should do a little something about it. Instead of taking them away I think people should just control them more because violent behavior isn't usually based on violent games or movies.

    January 23, 2013 at 4:07 pm |
  313. chazz

    no i think violent games are not the cause i think the cause of violence is because somebody doesnt like their victim and want them to feel pain not because of something someone said on the game but violent internet games is half the cause of the violence

    January 23, 2013 at 4:09 pm |
  314. Abbye

    Violent video games are not the whole cause of gun violence, but I will say they do play a part in the way gunmen think. With games that include blood, gore, and guns it has an effect on the people who play them. Nobody really pays attention to the video game ratings and warnings on the label,they pay attention to the fact that they will seem "cool" if they play Call of Duty or games like Halo. No kid the age of 18 or under should be able to play a violent game without supervision and maybe even counseling. Counseling would help kids express their feelings about these violent video games and possibly have an effect the number of gunmen and gun violence.

    January 23, 2013 at 4:10 pm |
  315. Dude

    Games don't cause gun violence, guns cause gun violence

    January 23, 2013 at 4:10 pm |
  316. Dylan

    I think violent video games can stop people from harming others because they can take all of their anger out on fake video game characters instead of real people. Also if kids don't have violent video games/movies they may get bored and start to think about harming real people for fun.

    January 23, 2013 at 4:12 pm |
  317. AJ

    I do not believe that gun violence comes from violent video games and/or movies. The rating information explains why the item is rated that. Gun violence is bad, and comes mostly from bad people. The issue is what's in the brain, not on the screen. The teacher in Florida is putting up a great effort with a good idea, and I encourage them to keep going, but I believe that it is not the games, but the people with the guns in the wrong hands. Stronger gun control laws are the answer, if people like it or not. Guns were made for protection, not violence.

    January 23, 2013 at 4:17 pm |
  318. selena

    it isn't the games and movies that support violence. It's people who forget anything they learn in school. They go crazy like weridos.

    January 23, 2013 at 4:25 pm |
  319. selena

    it isn't the games and movies that support violence. It's people who forget anything they learn in school. They go crazy like weridos.So don't take away our video games and movies.

    January 23, 2013 at 4:27 pm |
  320. samuel

    i disagree with this teacher. the producers of violent games and movies are just trying to make money like everyone else their intentions were for entertainment not for people to go around killing each other. if somebody kills somebody else lock them up for a long time. its crazy how people will go so deep into the cause of theese murders and you press charges on video games and movies. i play video games but im not saying im defending them im just saying its most likely games and movies are NOT the cause of murdering in reality.

    January 23, 2013 at 4:28 pm |
  321. selena

    also some people are sick

    January 23, 2013 at 4:31 pm |
  322. Reese

    I do not think that these video games are affecting. Although it may look fun, most of us know not to do it. It really just depends on the minds on the people playing them. If the are just normal, they will think it is a game just to play.If adults do not like them playing them they should watch what they are buying or renting. I play and watch a lot of things with violence and i am perfectly sane at the moment. So it is not always the case

    January 23, 2013 at 4:33 pm |
  323. Reason

    It's funny you people think there should be a debate on something that can easily be proven right/wrong scientifically.
    Just look at other countries that have violent games, I don't see any abnormal school shooting anywhere else.
    See what I did there? I presented a opinion based on feeling not scientific facts.
    There is too much useless shallow debate on issues that have nothing to do with politics.

    January 23, 2013 at 4:36 pm |
  324. selena

    I love the hunger games but I don't run around crazy. It should be one game call of duty. nothing else is bad but this game. so I would not ask for other games or movies but call of duty

    January 23, 2013 at 4:36 pm |
  325. Nathan

    It depends on the child that plays the violent game if video games do or don't cause kids to become violent. There are plenty of kids who play violent games yet are very peaceful in real life.

    January 23, 2013 at 4:36 pm |
  326. Seamus

    There is no need to ban, control, or monitor "Violent" media. If the government intervenes in games, they will need to intervene in violent news and movies. Following this logic, we can say that the 82% of humans on the Earth that can read may be in danger of committing violent actions after reading adventure books.

    January 23, 2013 at 4:37 pm |
  327. Blake

    I think that It's not the games and movies. There is a big difference between playing a game and witnessing it, or watching a movie, etc. and actually doing it. I play violent video games and watch violent movies myself, but that doesn't mean I'm going to go out and hurt someone just because I felt like it after playing it... There's a choice to whether or not you do something or hurt someone. Those people who choose aren't always watching movies or games and instead experiencing bad things in their life, which is why we should check to see if anyone is okay, or they might end up hurting someone without being helped with their problem.

    January 23, 2013 at 4:39 pm |
  328. Jin

    I do not think that violent video games really are the problem, first of all if the parents do not like the game and think it is too violent don't buy it in the first place, keep an eye on your own kid and don't allow them to see violence if the parent is that strict about it. Also the shooter in the school shooting was mentally challenged therefore it was another factor to the shooting not just some violent video game. Also video games do more good than harm as some of them that, also can be violent, help relieve stress, and even help in perception and cognitive tests.

    January 23, 2013 at 4:41 pm |
  329. Nathan

    Yes. As my mom says, the more you hang out with someone or something, it impacts the way you act.

    January 23, 2013 at 4:41 pm |
  330. Mariana

    I think it's a bad idea video games violent or not help a child's imagination grow , and if a child has a poor imagination it's probably because they don't play.

    January 23, 2013 at 4:50 pm |
  331. Jose

    I my opinion i don not think that violent games are what cause violence in America. The competitive games are what cause violence because you are always trying to win but get frustrated when they don't win. Violent games still have a bad influence on kids because they might think that it is OK to go around a bet up people!

    January 23, 2013 at 4:53 pm |
  332. Abigail

    Violent video games and movies are bad for kids because it makes them desensitized. And if kids are desensitized they don't care as much as a person who isn't desensitized if someone gets killed. So who knows who will be killed next.

    January 23, 2013 at 4:55 pm |
  333. austin

    Playing violent video games is just fake.kids should know what is real and what is not.

    January 23, 2013 at 4:57 pm |
  334. Kody

    I don't think violent movies or games are the cause of violence because games don't kill people people kill people.Also kids under the age of 12 or 13 should not be playing the games and some kids can't comprehend it.That is what i think.

    January 23, 2013 at 5:00 pm |
  335. Hannah

    Hi Carl! Though they do glamorize violence, gory video games do not contribute to shootings. Many of those games come from Asia where the gun violence rates are way lower than ours. So why is it America having this issue? The number of violent games sold to the rate of shootings is little to none in comparison.

    January 23, 2013 at 5:00 pm |
  336. Wyland

    Absolutely not i play Battlefield 3 for a couple of hours every day if Violent video games did cause gun violence there would be a lot more deaths in america by guns and as long as you know wrong from right i think people who play Battlefield,Halo, Medal of honor or COD aren't likely to be violent

    January 23, 2013 at 5:03 pm |
  337. Pinaki

    I think violent video games can sometimes affect how kids act and behave but this is not the case always.

    January 23, 2013 at 5:06 pm |
  338. Brock

    I dont think this would effect anything.my other concern is if we did not do this in the past,why do it now?

    January 23, 2013 at 5:07 pm |
  339. Jessica

    In my opinion, violent video games and movies do affect kids. Children get influenced from the video games and movies, so they think fighting is ok. The children practically think, "Oh these acts must be ok because people in video games and movies do it so I should to!" That is not right!

    January 23, 2013 at 5:17 pm |
  340. Jessica

    In my opinion, violent video games and movies do affect kids. Children get influenced from the video games and movies, so they think fighting is ok. The children practically think, "Oh these acts must be ok because people in video games and movies do it so I should to!" That is not right! We shouldn't let these video games and movies influence kids like that.

    January 23, 2013 at 5:18 pm |
  341. Jonathan

    Video games themselves do not contribute wholly to violence, but the parents are more to blame for buying them without knowing the contents themselves. the first time something like this occurred was the reason they made a ratings system, yet people still do not use it fully.

    January 23, 2013 at 5:19 pm |
  342. REBEL

    the teacher program is a bad idea because their parents bought it with their money and kids are turning it in for money for themselves. and also kids could just turn around find a violent game that they dont like and give it to the teacher and use the money the teachers gave them and turn around and buy a brand new game.

    January 23, 2013 at 5:22 pm |
  343. MaKenna

    I am not really sure if violent video games and movies,affect young children because although its not good or healthy for them,it could also teach them self defense and other ways to protect themselves,but on the other hand it could also help them find ways to hurt others.

    January 23, 2013 at 5:27 pm |
  344. Briza

    I think violent games do make people violent because they get the ideas and some of the games make it seem fun... So I think the teacher in Florida is doing a GREAT job

    January 23, 2013 at 5:28 pm |
  345. Ryan

    I don't think violent games or movies really influence violence that much. Lots of them are unrealistic, and many are completely fictional. But younger children may be more influenced, for not knowing better.

    January 23, 2013 at 5:37 pm |
  346. Surya

    I think that violent video games affect a person. My uncle lets my cousin watch the games and he has gotten in trouble a lot of times. Meanwhile my other cousins are perfectly fine. I think the parents need to be more responsible when showing/buying the child a videogame

    January 23, 2013 at 5:38 pm |
  347. Ms. Johnson

    Our society is constantly tuned into media via television, phones, and other electronics, the information consumed from the media affects everyone who invests their time into it. Much of entertainment media today portrays guns as the solution to problems. In countless action movies and video games guns and explosives are used to create solutions, they symbolize safety and power. When an individual spends hours consumed in a violent show or game it is more than plausible that the individual will be influenced by this fake reality which they devote so much time to. One may argue that such media is simply for leisure time and has no overall effect, if this is so why did a man dress like a fictional killer and open fire on an entire theater of people? As a society we need to be aware of what we are investing our time and energy into. I strongly agree with American theologian Tryon Edwards words he said, “Thoughts lead on to purpose, purpose leads on to actions, actions form habits, habits decide character, and character fixes our destiny.” We can not be a passive society that simple takes what it is handed with no questions, not caring what the consequences of our indulgences might be. Instead we must understand that our thoughts and actions as a group lead to the overall destiny of the group. Society has the power to establish its own “unwritten” boundaries it is just a matter of unity and discipline.

    January 23, 2013 at 5:39 pm |
  348. Rabab

    i believe violent games should be played at the right age. if you are too young and you play these games you lose the meaning of life. killing people is natural to you. violent video games ARE bad but only at the wrong age.

    January 23, 2013 at 5:39 pm |
  349. Jordan

    I don't mean to sound mean but this teacher is not very smart. If she thinks kids will willingly give up their games she's insane. Also playing violent games or watching violent movies won't make you go on a violent rampage unless you are mentally unstable.

    January 23, 2013 at 5:43 pm |
  350. Derek

    I think that playing M rated games do effect people because I had mine taken away for different behavior around family. Its also an addiction but since its been taken away I have been doing more. I have joined wrestling and been doing more with my family. Some parents think that the child knows its a game and wont do it in life but what the parents don't see what the kids are doing such as getting killed in the game and lag sometimes gets the kid mad. If I was a parent I would watch my kid play the game and observe what happens and see how my kid acts to the game.

    January 23, 2013 at 5:45 pm |
  351. Valencia

    I don’t believe violence in the media influences violent behavior. Most people who play violent video games or watch violent movies know the difference between morally right and wrong. We can’t blame one person’s actions on the media.

    January 23, 2013 at 5:49 pm |
  352. john

    violent games and shows for most people do not effect them, some of the kindest people i know play halo, call of duty, and other shooting games

    January 23, 2013 at 5:50 pm |
  353. elizabeth

    violent video games are fun to play because they make you feel like you have won, but sometimes the games influence people.

    January 23, 2013 at 5:51 pm |
  354. Rohini

    i think violent games do affect young children. they show that violence doesn't matter which impacts on the children's minds to think that if they act in any violent way, nothing will change.

    January 23, 2013 at 5:51 pm |
  355. Jake

    you should use this on before you go http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_K5Tvp7xfw

    January 23, 2013 at 5:52 pm |
  356. mathew

    all games are good

    January 23, 2013 at 5:53 pm |
    • Naim

      no! their not.

      January 23, 2013 at 10:48 pm |
    • Saumil

      are you sure? the major gun crimes started popping up only after video games started to be played

      January 23, 2013 at 11:06 pm |
  357. Jackie

    I think that it depends on each person. Not every person will want to do those things but,always talk to your children about it.It is not bad but it can persuade kids to do those acts

    January 23, 2013 at 5:57 pm |
  358. Conrad

    This is all a misunderstanding. Kids can't be "trained to kill" by a game; games just aren't that realistic. If you kill someone in a game, it's a puff of red and +100 points. To kill a real person is not only harder, but there is so much more to it.

    January 23, 2013 at 6:04 pm |
  359. Madison

    If violent video games and movies are a source of violent , what about news and history? Serra is in war and as well of other wars. Also, I LOVE learning about Civil war of the USA and world war 1 and 2 and, what about books. In Ranger's Apprentice, there are violence. So in conclusion violent media is not the source of violent doings.But, the idea is good for other things such as a movie of video game for a book.

    January 23, 2013 at 6:07 pm |
  360. Christina

    Well, I think yes it does affect kids because they get inspired by the violence and might start doing it when they get older. And most of the people who play or watch violent movies, are under age of the violence. It also affects their concentration in school and their reputation. I think kids should stop watching and playing violent video games and movies if they are not old enough to do so.

    January 23, 2013 at 6:07 pm |
  361. Jordan

    I don't think the violent media is the problem; it ultimately falls in the hands of the person who is playing it. Even though it might influence their decision it's the person's decision to follow through.

    January 23, 2013 at 6:09 pm |
  362. Jacob

    Video games like call of duty teaches young kids bad words and violence. I'm glad for what this teacher is doing. I know that all my cousins taht are boys play call of duty all day. I think that these games also lead to drugs and gangs. It needs to stop. Go outside and play on a nice day.

    January 23, 2013 at 6:12 pm |
  363. Hope

    No, most kids that play video games rated Mature or Restricted are not always thinking or doing violent things. Kids have a right to play all kinds of games not just little baby games. Although if their parents play these games and act immature, then these children will probably be the exact same way.

    January 23, 2013 at 6:14 pm |
  364. Nora

    I definitely think that violent games contribute to violence in America. When people play games where they are constantly just shooting people, they become desensitized to shooting and killing in real life. They begin to think that it's not that bad to shoot people, and they start to lose touch with reality.

    January 23, 2013 at 6:14 pm |
  365. Jack

    No, violent video games would not contribute to violent behavior. It is the parenting skills of the parents which are the contributor.

    January 23, 2013 at 6:16 pm |
  366. Trelon

    What I think is that parents need to realize that violent games aren't just the cause because you have television and other piers at school. So I think if your removing violent games, you should remove the violent television too. These things trigger into your mind like if someone gets on your nerves or does something really mean to you, you could go "Oh since this guy killed that guy for being mean, i can do the same thing." I just think that children ( Even though I am one) just think about the games and not worry what they can do the others.

    January 23, 2013 at 6:16 pm |
  367. MELANIE

    It’s common sense (something sadly lacking in the US) that violent games can make kids more violent. The people that you hang around with, the movies that you watch, the books you read, the games you play, and everything you spend time doing shape, who you are and will become.
    Our brains act as rolls of film and we have the ability to play back things we’ve seen through our thoughts. If you see violence in a video game you will think about that later when you’re not playing the game. Also, those violent video games desensitize us to real violence, to the point where we are no longer shocked. We wonder how someone could go to a school and shoot a bunch of kids, but we entertain ourselves by playing games and watching movies containing murder.
    When we cease to be alarmed at the sight of murder and mayhem, we have moved backward, not forward as a society.

    January 23, 2013 at 6:16 pm |
  368. Hunter

    I think that they should beable to play video games that are rated E,T,M because lids save up to buy the video games that they really like.

    January 23, 2013 at 6:17 pm |
  369. Hunter

    I disagree because these media are fictional. Some games do not require harming humans, and the ones that do still take place in a world that is not real. Besides, not every killer has watched a violent movie or played a violent video game before they committed crimes, and murderers existed before movies and video games were even invented. Everyone should use common sense and moral judgement in deciding what is right and wrong.

    January 23, 2013 at 6:18 pm |
  370. Olivia

    I think there is a direct connection between violent media and violent behaviors. If children see their favorite game charecters or super heros doing violent actions, i think that would send a message that it is okay for them to do the same and might provoke the violent actions.

    January 23, 2013 at 6:18 pm |
  371. Mick

    I don't believe violent games and\or movies should be suitable for young children, however I don't think that it's the violence that teaches them bad habits. In most violent games and movies there is a lot of inappropriate language, and I think that will teach young kids bad habits.

    January 23, 2013 at 6:22 pm |
  372. Jackson

    Violent video games do not "affect" people like a lot of people think they do. It's only a video game, it is not real life. The people playing the games decide what they are going to do, not the video games.

    January 23, 2013 at 6:23 pm |
  373. Kelby

    Absolutely not. There have been no studies indicating that video games and movies evoke violent behavior in children. The real issue here that causes violence is bad parenting, mental disorders, or other kinds of mental trauma. Parents should play or watch with their kids and let them know it's not real, while still having fun. I 've watched violent movies since I was 12, and first played a M rated game when I was 10, and I've turned out just fine.

    January 23, 2013 at 6:26 pm |
  374. Calvin

    I think the reason of gun violence is from video games and dvd's and I think the Sandy Hook shooting wouldn't have happened if those video games weren't made so I think she has a good idea to do that so something like the Sandy Hook shooting might not happen ever again.

    January 23, 2013 at 6:26 pm |
  375. Carrie

    I think the outcome sort of has to do with the person playing them.

    January 23, 2013 at 6:27 pm |
  376. Chris

    violent do not lead to people being violent it's what is happening all over the world. People who watch shootings unfold as a kid will most like end up following them. Its not the video games its the real world that is doing this.

    January 23, 2013 at 6:28 pm |
  377. Alex

    violence has been around since the start of time in this world and people keep blaming other minimal factors other than themselves, its not the fault of a video game, is the fault of adults not knowing how to control themselves and their children behavior.

    January 23, 2013 at 6:29 pm |
  378. Bradley

    Violent video games do and don't because yes they can increase violence but some people might just be playing to have a good time and are not influenced at all.

    January 23, 2013 at 6:35 pm |
  379. Renazz

    I don't think video games would be a supporting cause of any sort of violence. It is whether the player playing the game is using the game as an example for their everyday life. All players playing the game should be careful to make sure that their actions in the game do not effect their actual choices. But video game sellers should be aware of the maturity of the buyer and should have limits on what games would be available for that age. Parents should especially be concerned on how much their teen/child is involved with video games in general.

    January 23, 2013 at 6:38 pm |
  380. Chase

    I personally think this all depends on the kids playing the games. There are kids who are mature and know it is just a video game, but the kids who don't see the difference between reality and the virtual world are the ones we should be worried about.

    January 23, 2013 at 6:39 pm |
  381. Justin

    No, i don't think violent movies and games do affect children. Games like that are for mature people and if your not mature enough to handle the violence in the game, you shouldn't play it at all.

    January 23, 2013 at 6:44 pm |
  382. Erick

    I do not think that violent video incourages violance just as long that kids know the difference.Also if violent video is bad than why aren't airsoft and bb guns bad?

    January 23, 2013 at 6:44 pm |
  383. Dylan

    If this is what kids think is fun then let them have fun its a free country

    January 23, 2013 at 6:46 pm |
  384. Jaehyun

    I think that if children plays or warches violent things, they think that killing or abusing people is okay.

    January 23, 2013 at 6:48 pm |
  385. Imogen

    What is she going to do with the games going to go home play

    January 23, 2013 at 6:48 pm |
  386. Brooke

    It depends. If the child is mature and knows the danger, then they will *probably* be safe. Besides, if violent thingies have an effect on our behavior, we would have banned them already.

    January 23, 2013 at 6:49 pm |
  387. ubby

    all games are not good except like minecraft where killing is minimal, while in assassins creed 3 you can't walk 5 paces before either being shot, stabbed, or even killed. what is the point of that!

    January 23, 2013 at 6:51 pm |
  388. Emilee

    The thing is, video games are fine, as they are being properly limited. take the sandy hook incident for example, that kid was not mentally stable, so violent video games would have been a bad influence on him. But normal kids should be able to play them as long as thats not all they do all day

    January 23, 2013 at 6:51 pm |
  389. Seth

    I think that it doesn't cause violence just that the people who play them should not let it cross their minds like that same thing also with movies. They shouldn't do anything too big about it because the companys that make them have safety instructions on the manual placed inside the box. On some games they actually show the warning when it starts up. I think that if a person buys something it is their desicion. Movies have FCC laws to say whether or not someone is old enough to buy something.

    January 23, 2013 at 6:52 pm |
  390. Kayla

    While video games and movies can be violent, I do not believe they contribute to all the violence in America. When I watch a violent movie, no matter how cool it looks I am not any more likely to go around commiting acts of violence. The teacher who is buying video games from kids is just giving them money to buy new violent games to replace their old ones.

    January 23, 2013 at 6:54 pm |
  391. Carrie

    Yes and no. If someone is mature enough they know its wrong to do the stuff on the game but if a younger person plays the game he/she could develope the same actions. Thats why there are ratings for the game.

    January 23, 2013 at 7:00 pm |
  392. Zach

    Violent media have nothing to do with it, look at countries like Japan and the U.K. that have tight gun control. They have way less death from guns then the U.S. dose each year, so this proves that gun control NOT media control is the answer to our gun problem. Also media control is the first step to a Fascists Dictatorship. Look at history, its true.

    January 23, 2013 at 7:05 pm |
  393. Cliffton

    No, because games have nothing to do with it, it's the mental aspect of the criminals. If you're crazy enough to commit a crime, it's not the games' fault.

    January 23, 2013 at 7:07 pm |
  394. Kristen

    It depends on how well the player can control their behavier in the "outside world." Whoever plays is exposed to weapons, violence, and virtual practice. I think parents need to take control and limit their children. Epecially if these games are placed into the wrong hands such as Adam Lanza then removal should be considered.

    January 23, 2013 at 7:08 pm |
  395. Jorge

    I don't think video games cause a violence connection. I mean they could but if it has a Mature rating on the video game I think kids should stay away because its not for their age group. Plus the teacher has an good idea.

    January 23, 2013 at 7:09 pm |
  396. Kelsey

    I think kids can play what they want but they should stay away from the more violent games. If it has an age limit you should respect that and play games that are appropriate. This is a good idea from the teacher and lets the kids be rewarded too. that's really cool I think.

    January 23, 2013 at 7:09 pm |
  397. Jaden

    I see where some people are coming from but personally I don't really like the idea. I've played tons of violent games and I never would of thought to go and hurt somebody, I just like playing the games. Maybe some people out there might take the games to seriously, and actually think that you get to come back to life after you die. I honestly don't think that it really contributes to it.

    January 23, 2013 at 7:10 pm |
  398. Emerson

    In a way, yes, but they are not the source of the problem. When things like this happen, people often look for something to blame, and video games are easy to point the finger at.

    January 23, 2013 at 7:10 pm |
  399. Wilson

    Violent video games in my opinion do not influence thinking in anyway. People are always looking for a scapegoat, and with today's technology most of the blame falls on video games. Besides if video games influenced thinking in any way, everyone on facebook would be a farmer by now.

    January 23, 2013 at 7:11 pm |
  400. Siera

    I think that media violence is setting examples for people to fallow and if you see a famous person shooting someone they might think they should to.

    January 23, 2013 at 7:19 pm |
  401. Ally

    I think this is good what she is doing. They do affect young people. It might be the parents fault for buying it for them. Maybe not the teacher buying from them though.

    January 23, 2013 at 7:20 pm |
  402. Devin

    Violent movies have been around almost as long as the movie business, and the same goes for games. There were murderers before then though, so, where did they get their violence from? Games and movies do not tend to make people violent, tend being a keyword.

    January 23, 2013 at 7:30 pm |
  403. Delaney

    I think violent video games definitely affect children and how they act. We need to make sure that the children in our country know that killing is wrong. If children don't know the difference between right and wrong, gun control won't help anything.

    January 23, 2013 at 7:43 pm |
  404. Jose

    Yes,this makes sense 100%. I do believe that violent video games can contribute to violent behavior, But as previously mentioned, not everyone is influenced by them.

    January 23, 2013 at 7:44 pm |
  405. Sean

    Yes, why expose our kids to such things as violent video games......lets teach the good habits, instead of constantly exposing them to violence.

    January 23, 2013 at 7:47 pm |
  406. Anonymous

    personally i think its a lot of bs and finger pointing just so they can feel better about them selves thinking this will change anything video games have nothing to do with what people do. I have played video games since i was a 2 i have played some tittles that were beyond violent but it was never an excuse for me to do anything bad what the root of the problem is bad parents if u don't watch your child if u don't want to show them the difference between right and wrong what do u expect to happen if u allow them to walk all over you of course they presume they can do it to everyone else stop blaming everyone for a handfull of peoples problems if we would all stop passing blame and dealing with the problems head on this would not be an issue anymore

    January 23, 2013 at 7:49 pm |
  407. Judy

    I absolutely believe that playing violent games contribute to violent behavior. ...common sense... I would seriously like to pursue this subject. Psychologists report the same findings, but I don't believe anyone takes it serious enough. You made my day; to actually read about someone else thinking the same way that I do. Thank you.

    January 23, 2013 at 7:52 pm |
  408. Cayden

    i don't think it is necessary because me and my dad play violent games all the time around my little brother all the time and he has never had a thought of that.

    January 23, 2013 at 7:53 pm |
  409. Allie

    I think that it depends on the game and the player. Games could have an influence on violence in some poeple, but not all.

    January 23, 2013 at 7:55 pm |
  410. Cayden

    i think that there is no problem with this because I have been playing violent video games since I was 10 years-old, and i have never had a thought of being violent.

    January 23, 2013 at 7:59 pm |
  411. Max

    Violent video games do not affect the individual's violence. The Netherlands and South Korea spend almost twice as much on video games per capita, but the number of gun-related homicides is almost 1/10. I believe video games help relieve stress by allowing people do perform actions they couldn't or wouldn't do in real life.

    January 23, 2013 at 8:07 pm |
  412. Christine

    They can't be violent because the games are only for recreation. Many kids that play these kinds of games also don't take it for litteral

    January 23, 2013 at 8:22 pm |
  413. Sierra

    I think that there could be a connection. When kids play video games, they see all this violence. When they get older they could take that action into real life. They could use what they saw in their video games and think that it's fun, since they thought it was fun in the video game.

    January 23, 2013 at 8:27 pm |
  414. Seamus

    Anyone remember Looney Toons, Tom and Jerry, or Popeye? The cartoons based on violence and fighting that affected very few adults alive today? I'm sure Carl remembers...

    January 23, 2013 at 8:28 pm |
  415. sky

    I play video games but not a lot and I watch a lot of violent movies.So do my brothers they love explosions and zombies so if those get taken away they would be bored and cause trouble.

    January 23, 2013 at 8:32 pm |
  416. Lucy

    I think that some video games influence violence. If kids or teens can't be pulled away from some violent video games, it may produce some violent or suicidal actions. I for one am interested if most murderers played "addicting" violent video games.

    January 23, 2013 at 8:52 pm |
  417. elizabeth

    i think that violent games are kinda fun, but they might have a negative impact on some people, so i think its good that a teacher cares so much that she pays her own money for games that she douse not even wont just to help student to have a good path.

    January 23, 2013 at 8:52 pm |
  418. Erica

    It does affect children. They learn that since violent moves are in games and movies, they think that it is OK to follow it.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:09 pm |
  419. Roni

    I thank violent video games would temped the kids to go out and buy guns and knifes and start to kill people. My brother is 14 and he would go and pretend that he is like shooting people and stabbing them he has like fake guns and knifes ,but one day them guns and knifes could really do damadge to someone or something!!!!XD

    January 23, 2013 at 9:10 pm |
  420. Audrey

    I think that video games aren't just the main cause of violence, but it certainly helps. I think that the more realistic the game looks, the higher the risk of kids being more connected to violence. If the game is really realistic, then the kids would be more use to killing and injuring. I don't think that playing the games directly contributes to violence like school shootings, but it might make kids think that they can hurt people a little bit more than usual.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:18 pm |
  421. Ryley

    i think it's unfair to people who like those video games... the Batman video games wont be allow because they're is some violence in them...but some games are plain gross

    January 23, 2013 at 9:19 pm |
  422. Jake

    Violence in video games do not influence real violence. Actually as video game sales increase the amount of violence goes down, and also there is no scientific proof that video games do cause violence. People tend to poke at video games because it is such an easy topic to go against. You know, there were killers before Pong.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:22 pm |
  423. Angel

    I think there is a connection with violence and playing violent video games. Video games can be very addictive and can be a leading topic at lunch tables when talking with friends. Many kids sometimes even feel that role playing video games is fun, well the side effects are that kids being exposed to this somewhat false type of violence may strike false ideas in their head and may make them more prone to being violent.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:40 pm |
  424. Wyland

    it is also a way to blow off steam

    January 23, 2013 at 9:44 pm |
  425. aLDiN

    I have played video games that are considered "violent" forever. Never has the thought of taking what happens in the video games into the real world ever crossed my mind. They are just ways to pass the time and they are not meant to be taken for real. If the games have affected me at all they have effected me for the better, they have added character to me because I see things some people do in real life and it makes me want to do something to stop them.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:48 pm |
  426. Nicola

    Video games like the Halos' and MW3 and all other killing video games do contribute to violence. The teacher from Florida is trying to help the world, so we shouldn't hate her. She is standing up for something she believes in, so we should respect her because she's trying to make the world safer

    January 23, 2013 at 10:03 pm |
  427. Katie

    Ok, personally, i think that violent games dont have an effect on gun violence, because i am a gamer :) and so are all my friends. We all play Halo and Black Ops together, but NO, you dont see us or others coming to school tryng to kill other classmates.When people come onto school campuses with guns, that is not from video games! It is their choice, and their joy is killing children. ITS NOT VIDEO GAMES FAULT!!!

    January 23, 2013 at 10:03 pm |
  428. Cooper

    I play violent video games all the time and I feel it does not affect in any violent way.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:07 pm |
  429. Ben

    I kind of agree with them that violent video games are not the problem, but I wouldn't say ban them. I'd lean more towards trying to change what characters your shooting, less people and more things like aliens.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:28 pm |
  430. Eva

    Video games definitely don't contribute to violent behavior. If a parent believes that, they can take away their child's game or not let them buy it at all, but I think it's extremely unnecessary to try to persuade kids to turn them in.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:28 pm |
  431. Emile

    It depends on the person playing the game, it is easy to see if some one is hurt on the outside you see and cast or some thing but if some one is hurt in the inside you can not tell. They see these games and they can not tell that the game is fake and life is real. They commit crimes with out knowing the death it will bring and that he is killing real people not fake people.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:31 pm |
  432. Naim

    Yes i think that the thought of gun processe i the mind and starts a killing thought in your mind!

    January 23, 2013 at 10:45 pm |
  433. Devon

    Violent games don't effect you Ive been a gamer all my life never once had the urge to hurt someone so the teacher should let the kids do what they want. I mean come on If you think its ok get some help.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:55 pm |
  434. Jackie

    Violence in video games and movies are not the cause of violence because parents who raise their kids right and teach them the right things would not lead the children to cause violence. It is the parents fault for not raising their children right and teaching them right from wrong, not violent video games and films.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:57 pm |
  435. Saumil

    My teacher and my class were talking about this in class and we found that the major gun crimes started popping up after video games were starting to rise

    January 23, 2013 at 11:05 pm |
  436. Algernon

    this teacher's program may be in good faith, but kids arent going to sell their violent games for the same purpose. take it from a kid that enjoys violent games. we only sell them if we dont like that particular game or are finished with it and want to raise money for the next one.

    January 23, 2013 at 11:17 pm |
  437. Avery

    I think there's totally a connection between violent video games and mass shootings. Lots of kids play violent video games, and they start to think shooting people is fun. They get desensitized to killing and the handling and shooting of guns. They play the games so much, they gradually learn to be almost on autopilot, so they know what to do when they actually cause a mass shooting. I have been forced to watch some of these games, and they really are quite graphic. I think that the violent game buy-back is a wonderful idea and will almost certainly do its bit to prevent further mass shootings.

    January 23, 2013 at 11:26 pm |
  438. JAROD

    It depends on what happens in the game. A brief scene with people killing people is a contributing factor of 50%.

    January 23, 2013 at 11:30 pm |
  439. Shadon

    Violent games only affect the children who don't know right from wrong but the kids who know whats right and whats wrong should know not to go out and shoot someone. They spawn back in the games not in real life and anyone can easily realize that. The teacher is going to lose a lot of money for the kids who will sell their old games and buy a new one that has more gore and violence.

    January 23, 2013 at 11:46 pm |
  440. Gabe

    no, because all video games are for having fun and to test your skill .

    January 24, 2013 at 12:15 am |
  441. Izzie

    I think that the idea is very ingenious, but I believe that the kids might spend the money they earn on new violent games, which I think leads to violent actions because there is a strong connection from kids to technology these days. Violence in games leads to violent actions, in my opinion.

    January 24, 2013 at 2:22 am |
  442. Kacie

    I believe that the teachers idea of buying back the games is smart, but how does she "destroy" the media. If I were doing this program I'd go and sell them back to GameStop or another video games store. It'd keep the funds up and she might be able to do it longer.

    As for banning violent video games, I don't think that that would be a good plan. Most video games like that have ratings on it, like M for Mature, or T for teen. Whether or not people follow those ratings is another store. If people thing banning violent video games, why don't they contact their local gaming store and ask them how strict they are on selling high rated games to kids/teens. Instead of complaining and banning it all together, you should look at all the people who play violent video games and are very intelligent and mentally stable. I think that if someone is going to do a mass school, (e.g. Sandy Hook Elementary) that person should have a phycological test done because I don't think they would be very mentally stable.

    January 24, 2013 at 6:53 am |
  443. Alex

    I don't think it's just one thing focused on violent video games for kids. I think it's not JUST violent video games, such as violent movies. It does an effect on young children. It would be their parents fault for letting their kid/kids play those games, or watch those movies. But if they sell their games to the teachers, the kid gets the money, and they could go out and buy MORE violent games. So I don't believe the teachers should do so.

    January 24, 2013 at 7:55 am |
    • Alex

      President Joe Biden wanted to talk to game developers. But seriously, a LOT of other countries play violent video games, too, such as Canada, the UK, and Australia. But they do NOT have mass shootings in their country, so it's probably the people in America.

      January 24, 2013 at 8:04 am |
  444. Lacy

    No way! Not at all. Kids and adults alike should learn to control their emotions. I don't think the key is no violent video games. I play violent video games and i have no urge to kill anyone. :)

    January 24, 2013 at 8:25 am |
  445. Rachel

    I think violent video games effect to violent behavior.
    Some of the people who enjoy violent medias felt as if they were characters in movies or games.
    So, they act like characters which are violent.
    Especially for children, because they are so acceptable, children are in danger to become violent.

    January 24, 2013 at 8:50 am |
  446. Justin

    No, because games like that are for mature people and if your not mature enough then you shouldn't play these games at all.

    January 24, 2013 at 8:52 am |
  447. Chase

    I do not thing that violent video games are the cause of all of the violence. What I really think is wrong is the person inside.

    January 24, 2013 at 9:51 am |
  448. Dylan

    Violent video games do not affect all people. It only affects only people who let it affect them.

    January 24, 2013 at 9:56 am |
  449. Hunter

    I don't think it's the games fault because you're parents have to approve the game before you buy it. You have to trust them and I can't really see why it would be the games fault.

    January 24, 2013 at 9:57 am |
  450. Johnny

    It can go both ways violence can come from the violent games if you get sucked into the game in real life which is very possible, but the ones that know how to control themselves should be able to keep the games because those are the people who wont kill people in their teens or adults. I play a lot of violent games and I am not going crazy because I can control myself and other people should be able to do the same if they have the good voice telling them what to do.

    January 24, 2013 at 9:59 am |
  451. nevin

    no, I dont agree because all are good.

    January 24, 2013 at 10:10 am |
  452. Lawrence

    Just because the violent video games do not directly force you to be violent doesn't mean that they don't influence you. While shooting someone on a screen doesn't give the feeling you actually killed someone, you still have that memory somewhere, and watching violent movies is worse, because you see popular actors doing it.

    January 24, 2013 at 10:14 am |
  453. Maddie

    I have a neighborhood friend who owns a violent video game and he's not very violent.

    January 24, 2013 at 10:30 am |
  454. Miriam

    I agree with the Florda teacher. I think that violent video games and movies influence violent actions in children.
    But, it might be that our brains aren't fully developed yet. So I think that I'm in between the two.

    January 24, 2013 at 10:36 am |
  455. Salma

    I am sort of unsure if violent movies and video games affect people in real life. I think they could because some people get addicted to them and all they want to talk about is the violent movies and video games which encourages violent behavior. But I also think that it could not affect behavior because violent movies and video games are not reality or real life and they are made for entertainment and not for encouraging kids to do bad things.

    January 24, 2013 at 10:57 am |