The limits of violent video gaming
Video games that award points for killing opponents in brutal ways turns the stomachs of parents, but do they harm kids? The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to hear a case that contests California's wish to ban the sale or rental of violent video games to children. Two guests who have studied the effects of video games talk about what happens when kids participate in virtual violence.
- Cheryl Olson: Cofounder and director of the Center for Mental Health and Media at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is the co-author with Lawrence Kutner of "Grand Theft Childhood: The Surprising Truth about Violent Video Games."
- Brad Bushman: Professor of communication studies and psychology at the University of Michigan. He's working on a study funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development on the impact of violent video games on child behavior.
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- Brad Bushman, University of Michigan
- Cheryl Olson and Lawrence Kutner: "Grand Theft Childhood" website
- Federal Trade Commission on game ratings