Stories about: effects of video games on teens

My well-rounded teen wants to play violent, multiplayer games. Should I let him?

Michael Rich, MD, MPH, is Children’s Hospital Boston’s media expert and director of Children’s Center on Media and Child Health. Take a look at his blog archive or follow him on Twitter @CMCH_Boston.

Michael Rich, MD, MPH

Last week he gave advice on talking to young teens about the controversy surrounding former Disney pop star Demi Lovato, this week he has tips for talking to your teen about the violence in the immensely popular video came Call of Duty.

Q: My 13-year-old likes to play the Call of Duty games, but only wants to play the multiplayer part of the game. He knows it’s rated Mature, but claims it’s not too violent, bloody, or intense for him—he just thinks it’s fun. My son is very well-rounded: He plays music and sports, and now has gotten into this game. Should I let him keep playing it?

-Game-Puzzled Pop in Metairie, LA

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