Founder of Mothers Against Violence in America (MAVIA)
Pro to the question "Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence?"
"Parents do know that children learn by observing, imitating what they observe, and acting on the world around them. According to child psychologist Michael Rich, children develop what psychologists call 'behavioral scripts.' They interpret their experiences and respond to others using those scripts.
One can easily see how repeated exposure to violent behavioral scripts can lead to increased feelings of hostility, expectation that others will behave aggressively, desensitization to the pain of others, and an increased likelihood of interacting and responding to others with violence.
Violent video games are an ideal environment in which to learn violence. Violent video games:
Place the player in the role of the aggressor and reward him or her for violent behavior.
Allow the player to rehearse an entire behavioral script from provocation to choosing a violent resolution of conflict.
Are addictive - kids want to play them for hours to improve their playing skills, and repetition increases learning."
"Do You Know What Video Games Your Children Are Playing?," www.pbs.org (accessed Jan. 13, 2010)