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Restricting video games and acting out violence depicted in them

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My son is 6 (turned 6 the end of June). He is in a new school this year in a Primer class of 10. He has always been a very outgoing, happy, charming, handsome boy. Last year in school he had some episodes in Kinder when he did not get his way he would "throw himself out" and cry and whine until we were called to come get him (happened 2 times). He plays starwars legos and indiana jones on the wii and nintendo ds during free time which this summer was a lot. Over the past three weeks he has been saying "My brain is telling me to_____ but I'm not going to. _____first started out as "say you are nasty" and has progressed to "bite you" "hit you" and "kill you". He always immediately says, but I'm not going to! Last night he told his father, "My brain is telling me that if I had a bb gun I would kill you, but I really wouldn't" He received a spanking for this and has no video game privilages for a week. Is this something to be concerned about, or a developmental issue? Thank you.


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replied September 9th, 2008
Grade School Kids Answer A4661
It doesn't seem like a serious problem as long as your son only talks without doing anything bad. It is possible that those verbal incidents are the result of his imagination influenced by the violence he sees in video games and movies. You should keep trying to persuade him that he should not imitate the characters from the video-games. Restricting video-games is a reasonable measure but using spanking as a discipline method is very controversial and dangerous.








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