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My kid loves violent video games like Halo. Should I be concerned?
Plenty of 10- to 12-year-olds get hooked on video games that are geared toward older players. But video games have age ratings for a reason: Many contain extremely graphic, cinematic scenes of beatings, murder, dismemberment, blood, gore, and worse. Though these things aren't particularly great for anyone, they're definitely not for kids. Halo, for example, has all of the above, which is why we rate its many versions for 13 and over.
Fixation is a natural part of growing up. But fixation on violent video games could indicate deeper issues and can trigger problems in vulnerable kids. Explore whether your child is going through a phase or possibly is suffering from game addiction, school trouble, or withdrawal from other activities. If there are more serious issues, your pediatrician can help. It may simply be a matter of helping your kid taper off the violent games and finding age-appropriate alternatives.