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Some Parents Blame Youth Violence on Video Games

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SALISBURY, Md.- Gamers spend hours camped out on a couch with their favorite snack, plowing through countless levels of interactive gaming. They choose their players, grab a gun and as Paul Sollaczo of Wicomico said, "You run around and pretty much kill everybody you see."

Gamers say it can get pretty intense and often times you find yourself in a complete trance.

"It would be so cool to be that character, said Larry Smith of Salisbury. He added, " I don't go around acting like that character or things like that."

But when it comes to youth violence, some parents are placing the blame on video games.

In fact, a recent Common Sense Media study surveyed more than 1,000 parents, and 89 percent believe that playing violent video games is a problem.

Ronald Spencer, of Salisbury cannot his grandchildren away from video games. He said that instead of playing video games, they should play outdoors.

When asked about the influence of video games on kids, Spencer said it is a no-brainer.

"It's pretty much cut and dry. They do have an effect on people," he said.

Licensed therapist Dr. Leslie Donnelly disagreed.

"I don't think there's a cause and effect. Just because two things are correlated together, doesn't mean necessarily one is causing the other," she said.

However, Donnnelly did say parents should step in and moderate the amount of gaming a child has a day.

There are warning signs Donnelly said parents should look out for in their kids.

"When they are not spending time with their friends. When they are not interacting with real live people. That's a problem."

 

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