DETROIT (WWJ) – A recent study by researchers at Iowa State University suggests kids who play violent video games will have more aggressive behavior and keep aggressive thoughts regardless of age, gender or parental involvement.

Pediatrician Dr. Kim Guiliano at the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Medical Center says parents are still the first line of defense:

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“It helps if parents talk to their children and explain fantasy versus reality but young brains don’t often grasp the difference in the concepts , but really removing these things from a child’s exposure is the best thing to do,” said Guiliano.

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Another study noted that more than 90 percent of youths play video games, understanding the psychological mechanisms by which they can influence behaviors is important for parents and pediatricians and for designing interventions to enhance or mitigate the effects.

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Link to more findings in the medical journal “JAMA Pediatrics.”