aqblickley asks:

Do you think it should be legal to sell violent video games to minors?

The Supreme Court recently rejected a ban on the sale of violent video games to minors, citing protection under the First Amendment (free speech). Do you agree with this decision, or do you think video game vendors should be prevented from selling violent video games to kids?

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In Topics: Children and video games, Technology and my child
> 60 days ago



Jul 11, 2011
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What the Expert Says:

The First Amendment is an important protection.  However, exceptions have been made to protect children.  
The California law did not ban sales of video games to children, it imposed a fine on sellers who sold to people who were younger than the age rating of a game.  The reason for the law was that a great deal of research indicates that playing violent games does increase aggression for some people, and also may desensitize a person to the consequences of violence.  As a society, we limit children from exposure to harmful things like pornography.  In my opinion it was reasonable to try to put teeth into the game ratings system.

Jeanne Brockmyer, Ph. D. expert clinical child psychologist

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Livescore148 writes:
HI.....Video games pervade modern society. Every few years there are new announcements for newer and ever more sophisticated gaming technology. The pervasive tendency of video games has led to governmental concern about the effects of video game violence on society's youth. This has led to consistent attempts---some successful, some not---to create laws about violence in video games.
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