Impacts of Video Games

Published 15 March 2012

There is debate surrounding the impact of violent video games on behaviour.

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There is debate surrounding the impact of violent video games on behaviour. This note summarises the key aspects of the discussion, and other potential impacts of gaming such as addiction. It also examines the educational use of games, and reviews mechanisms to ensure children’s game safety.

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Author: Peter Border

Topics: Internet and cybercrime, Mental health, Schools, Children and families

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