Violent Video Games in Church
Hundreds of ministers and pastors desperate to reach young congregants have drawn concern and criticism through their use of an unusual recruiting tool – An immensely popular but violent video game, reports The New York Times. The game in question is intended for mature audiences. In it the player, who takes on the role of a soldier, has to kill in a number of different ways. This has not prevented the organizers of several Protestant and evangelical youth groups from stocking their centers with multiple game consoles so dozens of teenagers can flock around big-screen televisions and shoot it out, says the newspaper.
Children’s Identities Stolen
A growing number of children are victims of identity theft, with potentially devastating impact on their future credit rating and relationships, says The Wall Street Journal. Such crimes, usually committed by a family member, can go undetected for decades. Most people don’t realize that someone has been illegally using their identity until they apply for their first job, a driver’s license, a student loan or a mortgage, explains the newspaper. Some find out earlier if a credit agency attempts to collect debts that have accumulated in the victim’s name.
Social Skills in Infants?
Babies as young as six months develop social judging skills before they [can] talk, say researchers at Yale University, U.S.A. Babies aged six months to ten months watched a large-eyed toy try to climb hills, while other toys either helped it or pushed it backward. The children were then presented with the toys to see which they would play with, explains the Houston Chronicle. Nearly every baby picked the helpful toy over the bad one.î So to some extent, even infants can tell the difference between naughty and nice playmates, and know which to choose, says the newspaper.
Watching the World
The average American home now has more television sets than people’s 2.73 TV sets to 2.55 people. Half of American homes have three or more TVs. ASSOCIATED PRESS, U.S.A.
Children Attacking Children!
Every day in courts across South Africa, 82 children are charged with raping or indecently assaulting other children.î According to some, a large proportion of the accused claim that the abuse was inspired by acts they witnessed on television. THE STAR, SOUTH AFRICA.
An estimated 1.6 billion people, about a quarter of humanity, have no access to electricity, and 2.4 billion rely on charcoal, dung or wood as the principal sources of energy for cooking and heating, states Our Planet, a magazine published by the United Nations Environment Programme. The smoke from these traditional fuels kills about two and [a] half million women and children a year.