Last updated on: 1/20/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

Pamela Eakes Biography

Title:
Founder of Mothers Against Violence in America (MAVIA)
Position:
Pro to the question "Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence?"
Reasoning:

“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?,” pbs.org (accessed Jan. 13, 2010)

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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Founder and President, Mothers Against Violence in America, 1994-2006
  • Communications Chair, Seeds of Compassion
  • Board Member, Northwest African American Museum
  • Board Member, Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle
  • Co-chair, SafeFutures Community Planning Board
  • Member, Advisory Committees for the National Center for Safe Schools
  • Member, US Department of Education’s America Goes Back to Schools
  • Member, Governor’s Council on Juvenile Justice
  • Executive Director, Women’s Leadership Forum
  • Delegate, Democratic National Convention, 2000
  • Accompanied Vice President Al Gore to Columbine High School memorial services, 1999
  • Participant, White House Strategy Session on Children, Violence and Responsibility, 1999
  • Participant, White House Leadership Conference on Youth, Drug Use, and Violence, 1996
  • Deputy Chief of Staff to Tipper Gore, 1992
  • State Director, Sen. Albert Gore Jr. for President, 1988
Education:
  • BA, University of Tennessee
Other:
  • Recipient, Woman of Achievement Award from Women in Communications, 1999
  • Recipient, YMCA Isabel Coleman Pierce Community Service Award, 1995
  • Recipient, City of Seattle and Providence Medical Center Violence Prevention Award, 1995
  • Recipient, Citizen of the Year from Mercer Island, 1995
  • Recipient, Best of Puget Sound Citizen from Seattle Times, 1994
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence?