Psychologist warn against child exposure to video violence

Psychologist warn against child exposure to video violence

TYLER (KYTX) - It's common for terrorist groups like ISIS to record their actives -- and release them to the public. With the technology that's available, finding videos like that can be just a web search away for young people. CBS 19's Katiera Winfrey spoke to an east Texas psychologist who says watching videos like this can have life-long impacts. 

With the technology we have today, it's almost impossible to screen everything your children see online. But experts say setting firm guidelines for internet and technology use -- and opening the lines of communication with young children -- can deter them from even wanting to search for this kind of material.

It's easy to become inundated with violence in video games, television shows and movies, and sometimes real life.

"We're very concerned about what they're exposed to and the long term ramifications," said Anastasia DeRoussell. She has four children ages 15, 13, 10 and 11 months old.

"In our home we don't allow any violent videos any violent games," she said.

You might expect a video showing real violence like the isis video to be traumatizing. But psychologist Dr. Wilson Renfroe says fake violence can have the same devastating impact.

"Children, they are not emotionally prepared to see some of the images portrayed on the screen whether it's real or not."

The American Psychological Association says children who are exposed to violence, whatever the form, can become desensitized to the pain and suffering of others, become more fearful of the world around them, or behave aggressively.

Renfroe said just because a person or child isn't directly a part of the violence they see in videos, it's still possible to be impacted negatively...

"I saw a lot of people back in the mid-1990's who go traumatized from watching the catastrophe that took place in Oklahoma city at the bombing of the federal building there."

While there's no clear safe guard, setting guidelines about acceptable websites to visit -- is the best place to start. One way to monitor your child's access to violent videos is to set parental guards.

There is also software on the market parents can install on computers and cell phones -- that will send a message to a parent's phone if a child accesses a flagged website.


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