Many children enjoy playing war games, as they attract their attention and occupy their minds to the point of addiction sometimes. Parents may link these games to high levels of violence among their children. Do they contribute to increasing children’s aggression?
Electronic games are considered part of modern culture, especially violent ones, as they can increase the tendency toward violence and aggression in children. This is one of the negative effects that need to be monitored and monitored by parents.
Games reveal the child's personality
Joanna Abboud, a specialist in mental and behavioral health treatment for children and adolescents, believes that in everything he does, the child needs to bring out all the energy within him and unleash anger, and he expresses this in the toys he chooses to play with.
The toys that the child chooses may reveal certain details about his personality and psychology, such as toy weapons, which include rifles, daggers, machine guns, pistols, and swords, all of which were of course made to glorify wars, power, and conflicts.
This type of game has serious negative effects, including: increasing violence among the child and his attempt to use bladed weapons in filming battles and fighting. Therefore, the family must be careful with these types of weapons, because they encourage violence and quarrels among children.
Abboud confirms that children often imitate benevolent heroes who seek to establish justice, repel injustice, and fight murderers. Here the issue is not dangerous, but one must be careful not to let the child imitate an evil personality that reflects hatred and malice and seeks to harm people, and here he must be prevented from identifying with this personality.
Abboud adds that it is necessary to explain the concept of good and evil to the child so that he does not be drawn into superstitions, but rather always work to bring him back to reality.
Abboud explained to Al Jazeera Net that violent games may enhance a child's self-confidence and develop his values if parents provide good guidance.
As for electronic games that contain violent content and are designed to attract children’s attention to the point that a state of fusion occurs between the child and the game, until he becomes part of it, and feels excitement and tension, and the more he gets addicted to playing, the more a dose of violence seeps into him, so that he lives in a world of isolation and separation from reality, His sense of time and place disappears, and his desire to eat or do useful things decreases.
This may lead him to blind imitation of games, and he begins to implement what he is playing. Therefore, it is important for parents to be careful when choosing the games they allow their children to play, making sure they are age-appropriate and encourage positive values.
The Very Well Family website published a report based on several studies indicating that there is a link between repeated playing of violent and aggressive games and a child’s aggressive behavior.
A 2010 study from Swinburne University of Technology highlighted that Electronic games Which includes violent content, may only affect children who have a high degree of nervousness, tension, and anger.
Another study conducted by the European Economic Research Center in 2011 found that although war games affect children’s behavior – they stimulate aggressive behavior in children, due to the child’s frequent viewing of violent scenes – they actually reduce the risk of committing crime.
Dealing with an aggressive child
The same site advised adopting some tips for dealing with an aggressive child:
- Monitoring the toys that the child chooses, while protecting him from their harm to his behavior.
- to set A specific time to play So that the child does not become addicted to playing.
- Searching for electronic games that develop the spirit of challenge, will and determination to succeed.
- Participate in competitions, displaying a sportsmanship, but insisting on intensifying the child’s attempts to achieve the best results.
- Encouraging children to exercise.
- Playing with peers in open spaces.
- Building healthy friendship relationships.
- Instill a love of reading, drawing andWriting stories.
- Group participation in activities that provide a lot of fun and entertainment.