Jesse rags on H. Clinton, and justifiably, I might add, but she's just saying what every shallow yap has been saying for about the past fifty years: it's the evil videogames that's making American kids violent.
Or it's evil rap music making American kids violent.
Or it's violent TV/movies making American kids violent.
Or its guns around the house making kids violent (yes, those mysterious gun vibes that guns emit, very toxic).
Or it's reading the wrong books/comic books/manga makes kids... well,you get the point.
This is all just so much yap, though. Mike Males has done the best work on this -- and been widely ignored -- but others have done research on it too.
No studies are showing any significant causal connection between what kids watch or what video games they play or what porn they view or any of that and what behavior they manifest.
That's right: None. Zippo.
You know what does show a causal connection?
Whether the parents of the kids, or the adults that are raising the kids, assault the kids. Whether the adults/parents the kid live with act regularly in a violent manner, either toward the kids themselves or toward other adults while the kids are around. Whether the kids witness the adults in their lives modeling violence as a tenable, workaday solution to the problems that arise in everyday life.
Hmm. Imagine that.
Kids who are taught by the adults in their world that violence is a valid reaction to a problem tend to react with violence when confront with a problem.
Who would have thought?
Those of you who still think it's a really good idea to smack your kid for misbehaving? I'm thinking you might want to think about that.
(Here's another question we want to ask ourselves: why don't we want to believes Mike Males' theory? Why won't we believe that it is our violence toward our children, and toward each other, that is making our children violent?)
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