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Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill: A Call to Action against TV, Movie and Video Game Violence Hardcover – 31 Oct 1999

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  • Hardcover: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Publications; 1 edition (31 Oct. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609606131
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609606131
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 2.1 x 21.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,210,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is not only poorly written, but poorly thought out. Most of the conclusions reached are not supported by proper evidence, and even when evidence is given it is not explained or elaborated on.
For example (quote): "In 1982 the National Institute of Mental Health issued a pivotal report, in its review of over 2,500
studies of the effects of TV violence, it concluded, " in magnitude, television violence is as strongly
correlated with aggressive behavior as any other behavioral variable that has been measured."

The authors fail to take into account any other studies that have been given. They fail to fully elaborate on what tests where done in the study. They fail to describe fully how television violence leads to real-world aggressive behavior. They look too much at the fictional media world, without thinking about how people, especially children, would realistically react to violence.

The authors of "Stop Teaching Our Kids To Kill" set out with one set conclusion already reached, and simply cherry-picked facts to suit this conclusion. They didn't research, they just wrote. They failed to take into account ANY counter-arguments. I sincerely hope that no-one takes them seriously.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hindsight is Always Accurate but Many Will Not Hear or See 16 Dec. 2012
By RoamingDoc - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I've most of Col. Grossman's books. Have attended a speaking engagement with him as a speaker. And I've read with interest the 'few' detractors listed in the 'Review' section of all his writings. We've had in Ct a most terrible incident in which firearms were used (and of course 'blamed for') in the killing of many. Slowly the background of the shooter is being fleshed out and 'violent games' are a big part of that history. BUT surely the vehement detractors of Col. Grossman will again come to the defense of violent games and TV shows and protest any linking. They will use, some of them, excellent writing skills and prose to detract from the glaring facts of this books supposition... "some kids simply do not have the mental abilities to separate fact from fancy, real life from game playing and they lose any sense of compassion and human caring." To the detractors who attempt to undermine the data by saying 'there are no references to them', that 'why aren't there more killings' or that 'he just makes money off this foolishness' one could point out that few authors list all their interviews, not every person or child is effected by "anything" in the same manner and that all authors hope to make a living writing but some also hope to provide valuable information.

Too frequently in the wake of such crimes against society we see, in the criminal investigations following, that the suspect did play violent video games and was also withdrawn, isolated and 'strange.' Time and time again these descriptions are used to characterize the killers and yet a percentage of people still deny any connections. Of course people who own firearms are also reluctant to see links between 'guns and kids' but the access to guns vs. videos is a bit tilted towards the ease and public acceptance of violent video games either in the home or at arcades. While the detractors would demand 'proof', it seems that videos are far more accessible to kids than guns and laws exist to keep firearms locked up while children are almost encouraged to play those games and keep quiet. Young minds, investigated by so many fields of psychology and behavioral studies, have proven very malleable and young eyes and hands have been shaped by some of the most violent games to be capable and quick in their manipulations of real firearms (when they are able to obtain them). We see proofs of such in the hit ratios at nearly all such shootings. Accurate, fast and seemingly indifferent to the results. But some will say 'oh how could a stupid little game with a mouse and keyboard provide any benefits in any of those areas' and thus discount or completely dismiss the possibility and then they walk smugly away.

For those who will learn, will see and hear and absorb the correlation of 'violent games' to 'violent behavior' and 'repeated, memorized actions' to 'eerily professional ability and kill ratios', Col. David Grossman's books will be a valuable tool in hopefully curtailing their kid's exposure to such games. It should be noted that Grossman calls for such restrictions for younger kids and not adults, he's not suggesting a curtailing of 1st Amendment rights in any way but saying that young people should be protected from impacts and influences that are better coped with by adults. Of course some detractors would say that is unnecessary and even foolish as they see nothing in anything that is even potentially malevolent. Those types will always be around and trolling for responses.

For parents of children this is a must read book as are "On Killing" and "On Combat" - both helping parents to understand the portions of their children's psyche that can be wrongly influenced by their repeated activities over even short times - don't be put off by a small number of negative reviews who cry unfair or foul. Buy it, look at the current events of today and recent history, and ask yourself what has changed in the raising of kids and what is the biggest sole occupier of kid's time today versus 25 years ago... and how is that all working out for society? Great book, good information for parents and an honorable author.
13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking 3 Mar. 2012
By S. Grotzke - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Point: Media violence is contributing to a growing disconnect between violence and its consequences.

Path: Grossman, an expert on military training and former Army Ranger, and Degaetano, an educator, explain statistics, backgrounds, and studies concerning the effect of media violence on children. The demonstrate that media violence contributes to increasing aggression, desensitization, and increased fear. The last third of the book is dedicated to resources and action plans for concerned people.

Sources: Much of what these two present is based on statistics following major slayings in Jonesboro, Paducah, Pearl, Stamps, Conyers, and Littleton. Through a phycological grid they evaluate and explain why they believe these acts were possible.

Agreement: The information is frightening and distressing. The reality is that we are being desensitized to the reality of violence through what we willing allow in our homes.

Disagreement: One of their foundational beliefs is that children are basically good, and the environment makes them bad (10). I would not employ many of their parenting techniques. They encourage parents to help their children "feel powerful" without falling to a pseudo-power offered through the media. Children don't "need" to feel powerful.

Personal App: This was a frightening, but valuable look at some of the evidence around media violence. It has only gotten much worse in the past 12 years since the book was published. I must be careful about what I allow into my mind. Whatever is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable. If there is any excellence, anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for Parents and Educators worried about Video Game Violence! 6 Oct. 2014
By Constance Anderson - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a must-read book for parents and educators who desire to fully understand what motivates children and how to help them be their best selves. The scourge of violent video games is coming to bear in this country, and this excellent book identifies the issues and provides rational argument and clear solutions to this deadly problem. It is clearly and concisely written, strong in its arguments and wise in its rationale. Gloria DeGaetano is a recognized and celebrated teacher and mentor of parent coaches, parents and educators, and her expertise is showcased brilliantly along with Col Grossman's extensive experience and focus. I would highly recommend that all parents and teachers read and utilize this book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye-opening, heart-wrenching, emotionally motivating. Anyone who has or knows a child should read this book. 1 Dec. 2013
By jfield1 - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I know the entertainment business does not what to read what is contained in this book. I know most politicians want to blame the instrument of violence rather than the perpetrator of the violence. I know it is politically incorrect to accept the conclusions Lr. Col. Grossman presents in his book. For all those reasons I highly recommend every parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, relative, friend and acquaintance of every child read this book and pass the information, if not the book, along for others to benefit from. It might just same a life or several lives someday. Well written. Extremely well documented. Well presented.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Balanced study from a broad range of sources 2 July 2015
By Michael Bjerum - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Excellent study digging into our violent society. Even though this book is written by authors who would be considered "pro-gun", the book is balanced and both praises and condemns both sides of the issue. The most important item covered is that it isn't the gun, it is our reactions to situations and what causes these reactions to vary by individuals.
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