Wikipedia defines violence as "the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, or against a group or community, which either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, or psychological harm", but acknowledges that the inclusion of "the use of power" in its definition expands on the conventional meaning of the word.
For many teenagers, video games are an enjoyable hobby. Video games have come a long way since the creation of PONG in the early 1070's. Pong was a form of table tennis and it could only be played in video arcades. Check out video of PONG. The graphics were black and white. What a difference from then until now. There are now thousands of games to choose from and every day technology becomes more and more sophisticated.
The LURE of Video Games:
- The player feels a sense of challenge, control and mastery
- the game gauges its level of difficulty to the player's ability
- the game provides immediate and continual reinforcement
- the game provides an escape from the complexity of unpredictability of real relationships and interactions - MediaSmarts
Google Form Video Game and TV Violence Survey
Facts Regarding Media violence and relationships - Alberta Education Website:
TV, radio, music and music videos, computer games, newspapers and magazines can be powerful social influences.
• The average Canadian teen spends about 22.4 hours per week with some form of mass media.
• By the end of high school, most teens will have witnessed 18 000 murders on screen and more than 300 000 commercials.
• By the end of high school, most teens will have spent 11 000 hours in school and 15 000 hours in front of the television. • There are approximately 26 acts of violence per hour on children’s shows, but only nine acts of violence on adult shows during prime time.
• Many popular video games are based on violence and players are rewarded for killing.
• Perpetrators of violent crime on television go unpunished in 74 percent of violent
There are potential dangers in the amount of violence portrayed in the media. This violence has a number of potential effects on children and teens including the following:
• Children learn to be aggressive in new ways by watching violence on television.
• Seeing television characters get what they want using violence teaches children to use violence to get what they want.
• Introducing television for the first time in small, remote towns can result in increased acts of violence among children and teens.
• The types of youth crimes are changing—more violent behavior, more weapons, more gang-related behavior—and some believe that increasing violence in the media is one factor contributing to this change.
• Children and teens may be less empathetic to the pain and suffering of others, particularly those who have been involved in violent crimes.
• Viewing repeated acts of violence can desensitize young people to violence; they may become more tolerant of acts of violence in school and the community.
• Teens are less likely to come to the aid of a victim if they have been desensitized through repeated exposure to violence.
Sources: Alberta Teachers’ Association, 1999; Bergman, 1996; Chidley, 1996; Mediascope, 1998; Office fo
How does all of this affect our relationships with the people around us?
• If we have little or no empathy for someone who has been hurt, we may not offer help even if we are the only ones in sight.
• If we believe that violence is the solution to conflicts, we may choose to fight— physically or verbally—with siblings, parents, classmates and dating partners—rather than looking for nonviolent solutions.
• If we are play fighting with our friends and hurt them, we may say, “I was only joking” instead of apologizing.
• When we watch historical figures being executed unjustly, or cities being bombed during a war movie, we may react inappropriately—accepting or even encouraging the violence—rather than being bothered by it.
• If we believe that violent acts usually go unpunished, we may choose violence to get what we want or to get revenge. What can you do to keep a realistic view of violence?
• Be aware of the fact that violence on television is most often not realistic. Entertainment uses sensationalism, props and stunts, special effects and graphic stories to increase ratings. Looking real is not the same as being real.
• When you see a violent incident, remind yourself that violence is not the only way adults choose to solve their problems. Ask yourself how the character could have acted differently and used a nonviolent solution.
- Alberta education - Health and Life Skills Guide to Implementation (K–9) Grade 7 Illustrative Examples /495
Facing TV Violence PDF - Keep track of any violence you observe in these clips.