Last updated on: 2/2/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

American Academy of Pediatrics Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence?"
Reasoning:

“Exposure to violence in media, including television, movies, music, and video games, represents a significant risk to the health of children and adolescents. Extensive research evidence indicates that media violence can contribute to aggressive behavior, desensitization to violence, nightmares, and fear of being harmed…
Correlational and experimental studies have revealed that violent video games lead to increases in aggressive behavior and aggressive thinking and decreases in prosocial behavior. Recent longitudinal studies designed to isolate long-term violent video-game effects on American and Japanese school-aged children and adolescents have revealed that in as little as 3 months, high exposure to violent video games increased physical aggression. Other recent longitudinal studies in Germany and Finland have revealed similar effects across 2 years.”

“Media Violence,” Pediatrics, Nov. 1, 2009

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) was founded in June 1930 by 35 pediatricians who met in Detroit in response to the need for an independent pediatric forum to address children’s needs. When the AAP was established, the idea that children have special developmental and health needs was a new one…

The AAP’s activities and programs are funded through a wide variety of sources including membership dues, revenues from continuing medical education activities and publications, and unrestricted support from individuals, foundations, corporations, and government agencies.”

“AAP Fact Sheet,” aap.org (accessed Feb. 2, 2010)

Mission:

“The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and its member pediatricians dedicate their efforts and resources to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.”

“AAP Fact Sheet,” aap.org (accessed Feb. 2, 2010)

Other:
Non-profit health organization
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Pro & Con Quotes: Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence?