British Teachers Blame Video Games For Rise in 'Hitting, Hurting and Thumping'S

This week's dose of anti-video game vitriol comes straight outta Great Britain, where a group called the Association of Teachers and Lecturers says electronic entertainment is making kids violent.

As Telegraph reports:

Alison Sherratt, former president of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, says growing access to "horrific" games is responsible for an increase in the amount of aggressive behaviour in school playgrounds.

In a speech to the union's annual conference on Wednesday, she will say that teachers have witnessed the youngest pupils "acting out quite graphic scenes", including a rise in "hitting, hurting and thumping".

Many parents are failing to adhere to age-restrictions on the most violent games, she adds, raising concerns that children are growing up desensitised to aggression and bloodshed.

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"I would suggest that if children are taking part in this fairly solitary existence this will impact on their speaking and listening skills which, in turn, will impact on their ability to concentrate and learn in school," she says.

"Sadly, there is a noticeable correlation between the children who admit to playing games and those who come to school really tired."

Yes, it's thump-filled video games that are leading to all of these problems. Definitely not the fact that they're children and this is what children do.

Violent video games are fuelling rise in aggressive behaviour [Telegraph]

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