LASA 1: Protecting Children From Media
For his 10th birthday, Greg was given a handheld videogame system. His
parents allowed him to pick any two games. They knew the games might contain
violence, because there was a violence rating sign posted on the games, but
rationalized that they were only games and other kids play them. Greg would
quickly finish dinner and run up to his room to play his games.
His parents were pleased to observe that Greg enjoyed their present so much.
After a week, his parents noticed that he wasn’t turning off the videogames at
bedtime, and had begun turning homework in late. He was up so late playing that
he would not get up for school without argument. His parents decided that enough
was enough and took the video games away. Greg threw temper tantrums and
persuaded his parents to buy him a computer after convincing them that it was
necessary to keep up at school. Greg soon returned to the same pattern of
behavior where he spent long hours and late nights at the computer. This time,
his parents felt a false sense of security that he was doing his homework. One
day, his curious parents decided to scan the computer history to see what Web
sites Greg was browsing. To their horror, they discovered that Greg was spending
many hours online playing interactive, sometimes violently graphic, games on the
Internet. He was also chatting with other “gamers”. Before confronting Greg
about his behavior, his mother and father agreed to investigate what types of
intervention strategies might be available within their community. They have
come to you, a behavioral consultant, for advice.
Describe the issue of exposure to videogame violence in today’s society as
related to Greg’s situation. Explore issues such as:
- Prevalence (e.g., age, gender, racial diversity, etc.)
- Given Greg’s developmental level, what are possible dangers of exposure to
media violence? Be sure to address this in the context of his cognitive and
- Risk and protective factors, including predisposition to violence (e.g., are
all children who play violent videogames likely to become more aggressive? What
protective factors might mitigate the possible outcomes for Greg?
- Discuss the possible outcomes if Greg’s behavior continues unchecked.
- Discuss types of intervention strategies you would expect his parents to
find at a community level, such as in community centers, schools, and social
service agencies, to assist children like Greg who are at risk due to ongoing
exposure to media violence.
- What would be a good plan to recommend to Greg’s parents?
- Compare the dangers of exposure to videogame violence with other forms of
violence. What are similarities and differences between videogame violence
exposure and the other type of violence you chose to compare?
- What are the costs of videogame violence to the family and the community and
society at large and the other form of violence you chose for comparison?
By Wednesday, April 6, 2016, format your paper
in APA (6th edition) style, using information you learned in your textbook and
from the Kaiser Family Foundation Study to support your response. Your paper
should be between 4 and 5 pages in length. Include a cover page, abstract, and
reference list, which should cite any information used from your assigned
textbook, Kaiser Family Foundation reference, and other sources such as online
|Assignment 2 Grading Criteria||
|Discuss issues such as prevalence (i.e., age, gender, and
|Discuss dangers of media violence in the context of Greg’s
|Discuss risk and protective factors, including
predisposition to violence.
|Discuss possible outcomes of continued exposure to videogame
|Discuss the intervention strategies/services his parents
could find at the community level.
|Recommend an intervention strategy for Greg.||
|Compare videogame violence to another form of violence.||
|Discuss societal costs of videogame and other form of
violence chosen for comparison.
|Style (4 points): Tone, audience, and word
Organization (12 points): Introduction,