Killology  

duststormdiva 52F
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7/20/2006 10:47 am

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Killology


I started to blog today about serial killers. In a response to DigDug41's blog today I used Ted Bundy as an example. In doing so I could not remember Bundy's name, so I did a search on serial killers and have been glued to their stories. I should have been reading blogs.

This got me thinking about the Columbine School Massacre and other school massacres, and I did more research on those.

Earlier this year I went to a seminar that was held at the local community college. The keynote speaker was Lt. Col. Dave Grossman. Grossman pioneered the study of killology.

The site killology dot com defines KILLOLOGY (n): The scholarly study of the destructive act, just as sexology is the scholarly study of the procreative act. In particular, killology focuses on the reactions of healthy people in killing circumstances (such as police and military in combat) and the factors that enable and restrain killing in these situations.

Grossman has gone into the study to warn parents to know what the content of the video games are that our children are playing. The types of movies our children are watching, and the types of music our children are listening to. His research proves that the media our children crave could be the reason some of our children become students like those in the Columbine School Massacre.

He told a story of a kid who had never shot a real gun before, that because of his accuracy in playing video games, was able to shoot I think it was like five kids with five shots, killing two of them.

In the Jonesboro, Arkansas, middle school shooting Grossman explained that one child was experienced in the use of guns and the other was not.

"Between them, those two boys fired 27 shots from a range of over 100 yards, and they hit 15 people. That's pretty remarkable shooting."

My kids have really been playing the PS2 lately and I have seen that the GTAII and GTA San Andres are very violent. They have bags of weed in the streets, they have hookers, and the more you kill the more money you get. I was cooking dinner the other day and saw my nine year old playing this game and I looked up to see that in the game she was bludgeoning and old lady to death. I questioned her about it, but I didn't make her stop.

When my son and his friends came in, they wanted to play too. I questioned them about the violence. One of them said, "We do it here because we know we'll never get away with it in real life." ANother said, "It helps me relieve stress knowing I can beat the shit out of something, blow something up, kill people, but never really hurt anyone."

I guess I don't worry much about them playing those types of games, because they don't sit in front of the tv playing them hour after hour. I don't have behavior problems with them, most of the time and when I do it's minimal. Most of the time when the tv is on, it's cartoon network, or some kids channel. Besides, I talk to my kids. I craft with them. I laugh with them. I talk to them, but most importantly, I listen to them. I don't let them become withdrawn. I don't know if what I am doing is completely right, but I think that first and foremost communication is vital to any relationship.

Can you talk to your children about anything?

Do you know what they are watching, playing and listening to?

Do your children spend all day in front of the tv playing games or watching tv?

How is their hand eye coordination? If it's excellent, it's time to pull them away from the video games.

DustStormDiva



MsLoveRose 34F  
2432 posts
7/20/2006 3:41 pm

i do know the effect that media has on kids like that i saw an episode of law and order the other day with the same punchline...my little cousins almost got into some deep shit for trying to "act" out what they saw on a game.............frightening!!!

i like working with kids and i think i can find it pretty easy to talk to them its just so hard to get them to understand some things sometimes.... and i certainly dont let the kids i babysit watch a lot of tv nor play games. there are plenty ways to boost hand eye coordination!!! its all about resources!

great post btw!!

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duststormdiva 52F
6854 posts
7/20/2006 7:09 pm

    Quoting MsLoveRose:
    i do know the effect that media has on kids like that i saw an episode of law and order the other day with the same punchline...my little cousins almost got into some deep shit for trying to "act" out what they saw on a game.............frightening!!!

    i like working with kids and i think i can find it pretty easy to talk to them its just so hard to get them to understand some things sometimes.... and i certainly dont let the kids i babysit watch a lot of tv nor play games. there are plenty ways to boost hand eye coordination!!! its all about resources!

    great post btw!!
My sisters boy has the best hand eye coordination of anyone I know. He's 18. He has the latest game consoles and every one that has ever been made. My sister would have him play games instead of play outside. She was always afraid of him getting hurt. So he played video games. I am not sure what games he has, I'll have to ask some day.

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duststormdiva 52F
6854 posts
7/21/2006 7:03 am

    Quoting rm_mzhunyhole:
    Yep..me and my kids and grankids talk about everything..they even know about my blogs..even the grankids..they know mamaw..writes blogs with adult content.My kids allow they tv and game time..but they all play sports..box..have scouts..karate..dance classes..music..one has an art class..and another volunteers at a vets twice a week.Pretty busy kids.
Oooo it sounds like you might be busy going to all the events that your grandchildren compete in. My kids know about this site too. They know if they come up to me while I am reading blogs, they may have to sheild their eyes because of the nudity.

DustStormDiva


digdug41 50M

7/21/2006 3:43 pm

well my kids dont play the violent games the like the goofier stuff as for now but I stay on top of them and know most if not all of there friends so I wont have them spazzin out on me or anyone else,Good post dusty

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duststormdiva 52F
6854 posts
7/21/2006 6:09 pm

    Quoting digdug41:
    well my kids dont play the violent games the like the goofier stuff as for now but I stay on top of them and know most if not all of there friends so I wont have them spazzin out on me or anyone else,Good post dusty
It's nice to know that parents, like you, are involved. As a teacher I see so many kids whose parents just don't care.

DustStormDiva


caressmewell 54F

7/22/2006 9:27 am

I was fortunate that my son was really only interested in the sport video games...NFL football etc. and my daughter could care less about the games. I don't think the PS has been hooked up in several years.

I've always been able to discuss anything with either of my kids. Sex questions started early because they would see the squirles and other animals mating and would ask questions. At 19 and 13 my kids still ask questions and will discuss anything with me as they know that no subject is taboo to talk about.


duststormdiva 52F
6854 posts
7/22/2006 10:22 am

    Quoting BigGirlzRSweet:
    I have doubts about violent video games... they are so suggestive and for kids who play them a lot, the 'fakeness' of it is lost on them. I mean, in what society are their POINTS for killing people? Since when did that become an 'ok' virtue to instill in kids? I'm not blaming parents or the gaming industry. I'm simply stating my concern. I know that many kids can separate games from reality, but some cannot. It's a dangerous line to be walking I think.
Games are not as innocent as the games of our times. Ping pong, centipede, pacman, okay there is just something interesting abuot pacman eating his furry commrades. haha

Parents need to be educated on the violence that is on these games. And kids need to be taught that it's not real. One boy when asked why he shot someone said, "I don't know." Was he putting on a stupid act? Or did he really NOT know the consequences of his actions? Sad.

DustStormDiva


duststormdiva 52F
6854 posts
7/22/2006 10:26 am

    Quoting caressmewell:
    I was fortunate that my son was really only interested in the sport video games...NFL football etc. and my daughter could care less about the games. I don't think the PS has been hooked up in several years.

    I've always been able to discuss anything with either of my kids. Sex questions started early because they would see the squirles and other animals mating and would ask questions. At 19 and 13 my kids still ask questions and will discuss anything with me as they know that no subject is taboo to talk about.
My kids are 19, 13 and 9 and they come to me and ask questions about everything from sex to how to do something non sex related.

Unfortunately my kids do play the violent games. I think it's okay as long as they can distinguish the difference. I know mine can.

DustStormDiva


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