Posted 10:35am on Thu 28 July 2011
- Posts: 2,087
I woke up really early this morning and put the TV on and was immediately watching a report on a 15 year old girl who had been bludgeoned to death by her ex-boyfriend with a rock.
"Teenager rock murder
6.37PM Wed Jul 27 2011
A teenager has been found guity of luring his ex-girlfriend to a wood and hitting her skull with a rock.
15-year-old Rebecca Aylward from Maesteg in South Wales was left lying face down in the rain after the vicious attack last October. 16-year-old Joshua Davies lured her to a wood in nearby Aberkenfig then attacked her with a rugby ball-sized rock. Rebecca and Davies had a brief relationship which had finished by the end of 2009.
When they met in the forest last October it appeared the teenage couple were getting back together. Their meeting followed months of arguments witnessed by friends both in and outside school. Davies also openly talked of killing her to friends to such an extent it became a regular topic of conversation between them.
One went so far as to promise him a free breakfast if he carried out his threat in what the court was told was a joke."
Talking amongst themselves about the murder the presenters and a Dr Hilary brought up the topic of "not enough socializing to understand other peoples emotions" and then mentioned the words
Dr Hilary continued that their needs to be more psychologists looking into the effect that too much video games and social networking and then the consequent lack of real life socializing can have on young children.
Now in my opinion he's blaming video games for this 15 year old boy thinking it's cool to kill his girlfriend. Do you agree?
Posted 10:49am on Thu 28 July 2011
- Posts: 6,147
I think they need to look into how youngsters are so easily desensitized, I don't think just one type of media can be pointed out. Seen how graphic news bulletins are these days? A sweeping panoramic of 2 million people dying of hunger and we brush it aside because getting rickrolled by the White House is more newsworthy.
Videogames are the least of our problems.
Posted 11:06am on Thu 28 July 2011
- Posts: 7,260
To be totally fair, it doesn't really sound like he is just singling video games out. He mentioned Social Networking and the lack of real life interaction. And, I agree, it is all potentially damaging, but not to the extent that it would lead someone to murder so brutally. Let us not forget that videogames were nowhere near as prevalent as they are today, and Facebook didn't even exist when Venables and Thompson took little Jamie Bulger for a walk on the train tracks.
Posted 11:23am on Thu 28 July 2011
- Posts: 13,828
I think social networking is more of the focal point he his addressing. Social networking is more accessible for younger children than violent videogames, but nor is he stating that Videogames are the main cause or main attribute.
Posted 11:25am on Thu 28 July 2011
- Posts: 17,978
Alan Titchmarsh makes me violent*
*it might be unrelated, but I just thought I'd mention it in the hope that one day he'll be banned from TV.
Posted 11:28am on Thu 28 July 2011
- Posts: 8,041
If I brutally attack someone on the Piccadilly line next summer* because of all the Olympics crowds then I'll just blame it on video games instead. That's how it works, right?
*Disclaimer: I'm not going to attack anyone on the Piccadilly line next summer. It was a joke. Please don't arrest me.
Posted 11:48am on Thu 28 July 2011
- Posts: 2,087
Even if the emphasis was on social networking do you really think that that is what made this boy think it was acceptable to kill another person?
It was said that he talked about it so much to his friends that it became a regular discussion. Surely someone in his social circle said "you're obviously not going to kill her mate, stop talking bullcrap" or something along the lines to confirm that it must be a joke?
A 15 year old boy is old enough to understand between wrong and right no matter how much time he spends on Facebook surely?!
Posted 12:32pm on Thu 28 July 2011
- Posts: 4,269
Think they need to look at the boys mindset before waving the finger and something and saying "yeah, thats why he did it!".
In the Metro it says the boy was fixated(spelling?) with murder and that's not something your going to get from Facebook, that's something your going to get from the News or Crime books.
Again Games are the in thing to blame so that's what they go for.
Originally Posted by CheekyLee
He mentioned Social Networking and the lack of real life interaction. And, I agree, it is all potentially damaging, but not to the extent that it would lead someone to murder so brutally.
Sums up what I was thinking, kids these days do need to out and interact with the real world, but its not going to make some one into a killer.