Exposure to Violent Video Games

If your toddler was exposed to a violent video game, it’s understandable for you to be concerned. Talk to your child about the game, and explain that the images were not real.


A single exposure to one of these games probably did not leave an impact on him, although multiple exposures may be upsetting. Keep the American Academy of Pediatrics' screen time guidelines in mind, too—zero screen time (TV, computers, video games, etc.) until at least age 2; and 1 hour a day total from ages 2-5.

Depending on where the exposure to a violent video game occurred, you may want to talk to the individual about limiting use of these games while young children are in their home.

Disclaimer: This page is not intended to provide medical advice about your child. Always seek the advice of a physician, qualified healthcare provider or child-development specialist with any questions you have about your child's health, medical condition or development. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you read here.

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