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Resolved: Thirteen Year Olds Should Play Video Games Based On Their Age On The Ratings

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Started: 7/18/2014 Category: Technology
Updated: 7 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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This debate is about whether or not thirteen year olds should able to play only game rated T and down. We will exclude the mentally challenged playing these games in this debate.


Hello there. This is my first debate and I will be taking the pro side of this.
I will let you support your arguments first.
Debate Round No. 1


Hello and thank you for debating this with me. This has been a while since I have done this so I may be a bit rusty. Good luck!

Case 1: Not Bad For Your Kid

Many case studies have been released to show video games have no effect on kids. In this study, (1) it shows that out of over thousands kids taken for the experiment, none, and may I repeat, NONE HAVE HAD ANY NEGATIVE EFFECTS ON A KID'S BEHAVIOR. A quote from the article.

  • Exposure to video games had no effect on behavior, attention or emotional issues.
  • Watching 3 or more hours of television at age 5 did lead to a small increase in behavioral problems in youngsters between 5 and 7.
  • Neither television nor video games lead to attentional or emotional problems.
  • There was no difference between boys and girls in the survey results." End quote

There is another article based on the same experiment if you aren't satisfied.

Case 2: Maturity

At age thirteen, these teens know the difference between fiction and reality. If a parent finds rated M video games acceptable for her child, then who am I to argue with her. The stereotypical,"violent video games result in violence" saying has been disproved by science. (3) It has been proven that even kids with depression and attention deficit disorder did not become overly aggressive or bullies. Here is a quote from the article.


Ferguson, associate professor of psychology and criminal justice at Texas A&M International University,
and Olson studied 377 American children, on average 13 years of age, from various ethnic groups who had clinically elevated attention deficit or depressive symptoms. The children were part of an existing large federally funded project that examines the effect of video game violence on youths.

The study is important in light of ongoing public debate as to whether or not violent video games fuel behavioral aggression and societal violence among youths, especially among those with pre-existing mental health problems.

Societal violence includes behavior such as bullying, physical fighting, criminal assaults and even homicide. And the news media often draws a link from the playing of violent video games to the perpetrators of school shootings in the United States.

Ferguson and Olson’s findings do not support the popular belief that violent video games increase aggression in youth who have a predisposition to mental health problems." End quote

Overall, rated M video games have shown no correlation to a decline in mental health to thirteen year olds. this means there are no good reasons to restrict your kids from playing rated M games. Therefore, you must vote con! Thank you!





Case 1- Online Play Ruined Kids Being Able to Play Video Games

Now, video games are usually not the problem, but it is the online play which can lead to bullying and language and kids realizing that real life people say these things so they can. Let's take for example, Call of Duty. Now, if you've ever played online before, you know all the language and profanity that is used by people of all ages. From 13 year olds to 40 year olds. Let's say you are a 13 year old and your younger brother or sister finds your game and plays it. Now he has learned many swear words, sexual language, and knows 15 guys that want to do his mom. He's going to go and tell his family all the words he knows and now it's not just the 13 year old that's hearing all this, but also his 8 year old brother. Now what this does is it allows this kid to swear in school and know things and say things he shouldn't. I have learned from experience that this happens all the time. Now we are talking about how the 13 year old got his little brother or sister to get all this knowledge which the 13 year old shouldn't have had in the first place.

There's no other option to vote pro becuase you can't just look at the 13 year old. But the big picture.
Debate Round No. 2


Rebuttal 1:

Lets stick to the topic shall we? We are talking about thirteen year olds. Not eight year olds. Also, a kid can walk in on is older brother watching true blood or the walking dead. Instead of just hearing it, he will see it. That is just like saying we should ban a family with kids from having cable because a little kid can walk in on some rated R T.V shows.

Stick to the topic. Thank you and good luck!


Zacktes forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3


FF equalls seven drop! I win.


Zacktes forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
1 comment has been posted on this debate.
Posted by ben671176 7 years ago
It's not age we should be debating but maturity.
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