Middle Schoolers Call Out Video Games As Cause of Violence in Tweens and Teens

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We've heard grown-ups say it before, but now middle school students are also pointing the finger at violent entertainment as a cause of violence in tweens and teens.

The National Campaign to Stop Violence recently analyzed 10,000 essays that were submitted as part of their 2009 Do the Write Thing program in which young people wrote about how violence impacts their lives. The study showed that more than 30 percent of middle school students cited the ill behavior in TV, video games, movies and music as provocation for real-life violence.

"The significance of this study is that it is not parents, educators or social scientists decrying violence in the entertainment industry, it is the young people themselves who are speaking out about the negative impact the violent content has on them," said Dr. Peter Jensen, Chairman of the New York City Do the Write Thing program. "The National Campaign to Stop Violence -- and all of us involved with youth -- need to heed this call to action."

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