“Australian parents should not be lulled into a false sense of security by the federal Attorney-General Department’s new report on violent computer games,” FamilyVoice Australia research officer Roslyn Phillips said today.
“The report, issued yesterday by Home Affairs minister Brendan O’Connor, has ignored the weight of peer-reviewed evidence in favour of keeping the current ban on R-rated games.
“Players personally identify with the aggressor in violent games – acting out the whole violent sequence,” Mrs Phillips said. “This has a more powerful influence than passively watching violent media such as films or TV.”
A recent peer-reviewed meta-analysis of 130 different research reports found that exposure to violent games increases the risk of children becoming more aggressive and less caring – regardless of their age, sex or culture. Critics of the meta-analysis lack the scientific standing of the researchers whose studies they attack – see attachment.
“If our federal, state and territory attorneys-general examine the evidence fairly (and not just the Gillard government’s report summary) I believe they will not recommend a softening of the law in this area when they meet on 10 December,” Mrs Phillips said.
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