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jstcod01
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JustAnotherFloridaGuy
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Video games effect kids behavior

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JustAnotherFloridaGuy
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 2/19/2016 Category: TV
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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jstcod01

Pro

Kids are mimicking tv characters behavior and are play fighting and other things. In addition kids are playing video games like Black OPs and Modern Warfare which gives them access to firearms NOT GOOD
JustAnotherFloridaGuy

Con

I accept this debate.

Since Pro has not established any rules, here are a couple guidelines to follow:

1) Be polite and respectful. Avoid the ad hominem logical fallacy.

2) Sources are not necessary, but recommended.

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Pro claims in the title that video games affect kid’s behavior, but then goes on to mention TV shows in their first sentence. We are left to assume that their resolution includes TV shows and video games.

That being said, Pro’s resolution seems to be that video games and TV shows are directly having a negative net effect on kids.

As Con, I assert that video games and TV shows do not directly have this negative net effect, but that these forms of entertainment can be educational, mentally stimulating, and helpful in developing a vivid imagination, as well as the notion that parents and guardians should be responsible to the content their children are exposed to.

Burden of proof is shared.

Definitions

TV Show: A program broadcast by television [1]

Video Game: An electronic game in which players control images on a television or computer screen [2]

Parental Responsibility

Let’s assume that particularly violent video games and TV shows do have a negative impact on kids. The issue with Pro’s claim is that the blame cannot be directly attributed to those entertainment methods, but rather the burden of responsibility lies with the parent(s) or guardian.

All TV shows and video games have a blantantly clear and simple rating system. TV shows that are rated TV14 and above are obviously not made for children. [3] Games that are rated T may be acceptable for children depending on the game (maybe it’s a racing game or something), but games that are rated M and above certainly weren’t created with children in mind. [4] If the parent(s) or guardian feels that the child is mature enough to handle adult content and lets the child go ahead and use the entertainment, that is their call. Any negative effects reaped will be their fault due to the lack of insight in their child’s development.

That being said, it is not directly the fault of the violent TV shows or games if a child is impacted negatively, it is directly the fault of the parent(s) or guardian for not being responsible for their children.

TV Shows

Kids are mimicking tv characters behavior and are play fighting and other things.” – Pro

As a side note before I continue, I’ll be splitting this quote in two.

Kids are mimicking tv characters behavior” – Pro

As mentioned before, it is the fault of the parents if the child is mimicking characters from adult shows in a negative way. Otherwise, there’s frankly not an issue with imitating a character from a show that was created for children.

and are play fighting” – Pro

Play fighting is not inherently bad. It’s just a natural part of growing up. Besides, children will play fight with or without the entertainment we’ve been discussing. That’s just what kids do.

Video Games

In addition kids are playing video games like Black OPs and Modern Warfare which gives them access to firearms NOT GOOD” – Pro

Pro asserts that virtually firing a weapon (at an enemy) is not good. There is no physical harm and little chance for mental harm to come from using guns in a video game. They’re not real weapons, they’re virtually generated. Once again, the responsibility lies upon the parents to monitor a child’s gaming activity if they truly dislike virtual guns. As a side note, if there is a gun in the house that the child is aware of, it’s also the parent’s responsibility to teach them gun safety and to keep the guns hidden away (if they feel the child is not mature enough).

Education

There are hundreds, if not thousands of entertaining games out there that are educational alternatives to games that some may deem mindless. Video games can be an enjoyable way of learning new things for children. These educational games are easily accessible and often free (via the App Store or Google Play Store, for an example). This gives parents the option to let their child play games that they feel are beneficial to them.

The same essentially goes for TV shows. There are thousands of them out there for children to enjoy.

That being said, there is an option for video games and TV shows to be used for educationally entertaining purposes as well as just normally entertaining purposes. They are not all bad for kids.

Imagination

Video games in specific have a way of transporting adults and kids alike into the wondrous world of the game they're playing. This occurrence develops a child’s imagination in that they are exposed to many exciting scenarios within the game that they cannot do and/or may not be aware of in real life. Taking in these scenarios builds the child’s imagination in that they are able to be more creative because they have the content from the games in their minds to mix into their play out in the real world. It mentally develops more options for the child’s play (outside of electronic entertainment) and encourages creativity in mixing the scenarios to create new ones.

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In conclusion, if a child is negatively impacted by a TV show or game, it is directly the entire fault of the parents or guardian for being irresponsible. Otherwise, this electronic entertainment can be educational and have a positive or at least neutral net effect on kids.

Vote Con.

[1] http://www.thefreedictionary.com...
[2] http://www.merriam-webster.com...
[3] http://www.tvguidelines.org...
[4] http://www.esrb.org...
Debate Round No. 1
jstcod01

Pro

jstcod01 forfeited this round.
JustAnotherFloridaGuy

Con

Pro has forfeited.

I extend all my arguments and leave Pro their last round to formulate an argument.

As of now, Pro's resolution has been negated and I maintain my current arguments.

Vote Con.
Debate Round No. 2
jstcod01

Pro

jstcod01 forfeited this round.
JustAnotherFloridaGuy

Con

Pro has forfeited the debate.

I extend all my arguments.

My arguments remain unrefuted and Pro's resolution is effectively negated.

Vote Con.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by YourMomoness 6 months ago
YourMomoness
Correlation is not causation guys! http://www.latimes.com...
Posted by SpentBrass 11 months ago
SpentBrass
@Pro

Access to firearms actually does more good than harm. Try getting info from somewhere other than liberal democrats. Guns aren't as dangerous as the liberals would have you believe. Don't get me wrong, guns can be dangerous, but in the hands of the right person, perfectly safe.
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Vote Placed by U.n 1 year ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro forfeited 2 of his 3 turns, while Con participated in all three rounds; therefore the conduct point goes to Con. Pro only used proper punctuation in 1 of his 2 sentences, which means only 50% of his sentences included proper S&G. When compared to Con who used proper punctuation at a much higher percentage, as well as made aesthetically pleasing use of italics and quotations, I'm awarding an S&G point to Con. Pro really only made an opening statement and I'm not entirely comfortable deeming it an "argument", regardless Con rebutted said statement. Con also provided arguments of his own. Due to Pros forfeited turns Con gets the more convincing argument point almost by default. Also, only Con cited sources. Because Pro failed to cite any sources the sources point also gets awarded to Con virtually by default.