Theories Regarding Video Games and Aggression in Children

Scalia dispatched all of the major arguments for the law. A technical but vital issue was whether the court must look at the law with "strict scrutiny," the practice in other free-speech cases. Scalia answered yes, meaning that the law had to serve a compelling state interest and be narrowly tailored to meet that purpose. Scalia found no such interest in the protection of children from imaginary violence. He ridiculed studies relied on by the state to show a link between playing video games and aggression in children. Referring to one expert, Scalia said that "he admits that the same effects have been found when children watch cartoons starring Bugs Bunny or the Road Runner."

Cooper, J. & Mackie, D. 1986, Video Games and Aggression in Children. , v16 n8 pp. 726-744.

A new study finds a link between violent video games and aggressive behavior in children. Dr. Harold Koplewicz, child psychiatrist, and president of the Child Mind Institute, talks about the study with the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts.

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Cooper, J. & Mackie, D. (1986). Video games and aggression in children. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 16, 726-744.

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