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Another possible factor in his slaying: A smiley-face emoji Reese posted that the suspected gunman may have interpreted as a slight about his mom. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other sites have radically altered gang culture in Chicago. They are having a similar influence on gangs nationwide.

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Is media violence damaging to kids? By Sasha Emmons, Parenting. After all, there have been reports that Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza was a fan of the ultra-bloody Call of Duty video game series. But almost 13 years after Columbine, the connection is still murky.

What does research really say about Media violence connection between our kids and the gun-heavy imagery they see on screens? What -- and how much -- should parents do to mitigate aggressive copycat behavior?

The "Star Wars" problem It was not my proudest parenting moment. It was movie night and my 7-year-old daughter, Chloe, was begging for Star Wars. He already knew who Chewbacca was; would it really be so bad for him to see the actual movie?

He started pew-pew-pew-ing the next day.

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My experiment with Media violence control Julian turned everything Tinker Toys, tennis rackets, you name it into a pretend gun and started running around the house like a pint-size Han Solo taking down Storm Troopers. With the events of Newtown still fresh in my mind, I was horrified.

With just one exposure, my baby had morphed into a gun nut. Was Julian just being a typical boy, or on the precipice of a slippery slope? Kids 8 and under watch an average of 1 hour and 40 minutes of TV or DVDs a day; older kids watch an average of 4 hours daily.

Most kids start playing video games around age 4, according to their research. The research on the amount of violence consumed by kids is woefully out of date and incomplete, says Knorr.

But prolonged exposure to violence in media is a risk factor. Media experts hope that the task force on guns led by Vice President Joe Biden, which includes discussions with the entertainment and gaming industries, could fuel more research.

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Think Spider-Man and a bad guy smashing into the side of a building, but both appear unhurt and keep on fighting. A new study published today in Pediatrics, the medical journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, found that viewing shows in which cooperation and empathy are emphasized instead of shows that demonstrate aggression can improve behavior in 3- to 5-year-olds in just 6 months.

Scary images can spook kids even as they are drawn to them. The AAP recommends no screen time for kids under 2, and no more than hours for kids preschool age on up. Age seven or eight is a turning point, what experts refer to as "the age of reason.

Coyote going over a cliff and emerging without a scratch in the next scene. Kids this age also grasp the concept of special effects. These shows feature only mild comic or fantasy violence, a la Wile E.

Video games The research on video games, especially first-person shooter games, is much more scarce since they have not been around as long as TV, making long-term studies difficult.

A recent meta-analysis in of 12 earlier studies found a link between time spent playing bloody video games and violent behavior later in life. A study in the Journal of Adolescence showed that video games, because of their physical activity and be-the-character interactivity, desensitized kids to violence even more than TV.

However, other studies have failed to show a link between violent video game exposure and aggression. A study found that gamers who had lower social competence and great impulsiveness had an increased risk of becoming pathological gamers.

Like TV, more research needs to be done, especially on kids with risk factors like mental illness or violence in the home. Cheryl Olson, author of Grand Theft Childhood: The Surprising Truth About Violent Video Games, believes many of the dire predictions about kids and video games are overblown.

So why would we be seeing that if there was a monkey-see, monkey-do effect going on with video games, which are increasing? Her research found some video games can actually be beneficial for kids.

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How can parents make sure their kids are watching age-appropriate shows? Same goes with gaming systems. With a little planning, you can record shows that you feel comfortable with, says Knorr. On-demand is also great for this, but be sure to mute the previews.

Sure, you can control show content, but Knorr reminds parents that TV ads are a wild card. This is another reason the DVR is great -- just fast-forward right through. Watch your own viewing: That counts as exposure to violent content, and Dr.CML's online reference hub for media literacy contains more than pages of background articles, core research studies and timely reports as well as an historical archive documenting the development of media literacy in the United States.

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Extensive research evidence indicates that media violence can contribute to aggressive behavior, desensitization to violence, nightmares, and. As parents, and as influencers of young people, we want the best for kids.

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