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What Do We Really Know About Violence & Video Games?

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What Do We Really Know About Violence & Video Games? Adam Holz  Sep 20, 2013 8:19 AM   for Plugged In, a division of Focus on the Family  Two of this week's biggest stories have revolved around the complex, intertwining themes of video games and violence. On Monday, tragic news came out of Washington, D.C., regarding Aaron Alexis' shooting rampage that claimed the lives of 12 victims. Analysis of his horrific acts has largely focused on his unstable mental state. But amid the details about possible motivations and influences in his life have come reports that Alexis spent significant amounts of time playing M-rated shooters such as  Call of Duty . "He could be in the game all day and all night," said friend Nutpisit Suthamtewakul. "I think games might be what pushed him that way." Suthamtewakul told the United Kingdom's  Mirror that Alexis could be so engrossed in a game that Suthamtewakul would take food to him so that he wouldn't h

Reconnect: Introduction

Introduction My preteen daughter would not talk to me.  I was traveling around the country speaking to thousands of parents, teaching them how to communicate biblical values to their children.  But my own daughter was barely speaking to me. I felt like a hypocrite. I was an “expert” in communication, yet I couldn’t communicate with my own daughter. Either I needed to find a different line of work, or I needed to find a way to encourage my daughter to open up and communicate with me. More importantly, I didn’t want to lose my daughter. I remember thinking, What’s wrong with her?   She’s just eleven. How bad could it be?   I was certain I could give her a few words of wisdom and get her back on track. So, I asked Annie what was wrong. Her response was a cold, “Do you really want to know?” Uh-oh! I thought this was going to be a little misunderstanding I could fix in a few minutes. Not so. I closed the door to her room and sat on her bed. She looked me in the eye and said,
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Boys also harmed by teen 'hookup' culture, experts say Abigail Pesta NBC News contributor Editor's note: This report contains graphic language. Parents are being confronted by the new “hookup culture” surrounding sexting, and how boys are courting their partners in more directly than ever. Experts Dr. Robyn Silverman and Lola Ogunnaike weigh in on the troubling trend. Edgar Su / Reuters file   A young man uses his smartphone. A 15-year-old girl sits in high school English class when a text message pops up on her cellphone. It's from a boy sitting across the room. He hardly knows her, but he likes her. Here's how he chooses to get that message across: Him: "So, are you good at hooking up?" Her: "Um idk. I don't really think about that." Him: "Well, I want my d--k in your mouth? Will you at least be my girlfriend." It's the kind of scenario that's playing out