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The Wrong Way to Talk About Violence in Movies

Harvey Weinstein wants less carnage in films. But "less" and "more" aren't helpful terms when answering questions of how on-screen mayhem influences real-world mayhem.<p>Harvey Weinstein has produced some exceedingly violent films, including Quentin Tarantino's <i>Django Unchained</i>. But now, as he begins …

A Boy Shot His Grandmother after Playing Grand Theft Auto IV. Here’s Why This Shouldn’t Be a Story about Violent Video Games.

On Friday an 8-year-old Louisiana boy shot his grandmother in the back of the head while she was watching television—and police say he did it …

What is the link between violent video games and aggression?

What effect do violent media have on our behaviour? It's not a new question – in the 1950s, psychiatrist Fredric Wertham wrote a book called "Seduction of the Innocent", which claimed that comic books were unnecessarily exposing children to violence and causing them to become delinquent. Although …

Claims that 'video games lead to violence' lead to violence

The recent release of Grand Theft Auto 5 and the discovery that the Washington Navy Yard gunman was "obsessed with violent video games" has led to yet another series of media claims that video games cause violence.<p>There has never been any satisfactory scientific evidence for the association between …

4 Bullying Videos That Will Bring You To Tears

It seems like a news cycle doesn’t go by without the mention of bullying – a new study, another suicide victim, another video confession of a child …

Teenager dies after fight outside house party

A teenager has died after being hurt in a fight involving around 20 people that erupted outside a house party.<p>George Verrier, 17, suffered head injuries in the brawl that broke out at around 12.45am on Sunday in Bromley, south-east London.<p>He was given first aid by police and said he did not want to …

Teen dating abuse is common and complex, studies say

More than one third of teen guys and girls say they have been physically, emotionally or sexually abused in dating relationships, a new survey says.<p>More than a third of teen guys and girls say they've been physically, emotionally or sexually abused in their dating relationships, according to new, …

Mom of Accused Teen Cyber Bully Arrested on Child Abuse Charges

The mother of a teen accused of bullying a girl until she committed suicide was arrested today on suspicion of child abuse.<p>Vivian Vosburg, 30, of …

Stepmother Of Teen Charged In Bullying Suicide Arrested For Child Abuse

During a press conference Friday evening, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd aired a video clip of 30-year-old Vivian Vosburg appearing to beat two boys who were in her care. Unidentified girls in the house were laughing as the video was being taken.<p>Vosburg's stepdaughter, with whom she lives, was …

Crime

Gaithersburg Man Convicted of Sexually Abusing Teen in Exchange for Mother's Debt

Bejarni Rivas, 45, failed to show up for trial and his whereabouts were unknown.<p>A Gaithersburg man who failed to show up at his trial was found …

Moraga Police Log: Teens Causing Trouble, Elder Abuse Arrest, Package Taken From Porch

Some of the incidents that kept Moraga police officers busy this past week<p>Some of the items listed in the Moraga Police Department logs from Dec. 27 …

Internet Both Helps and Harms Teens at Risk of Suicide

The Internet can be both a positive and negative influence on teens and young adults who are at risk of harming themselves or committing suicide, a …

Boys also harmed by teen 'hookup' culture, experts say

<i>Editor's note: This report contains graphic language.</i><p>A 15-year-old girl sits in high school English class when a text message pops up on her cellphone. It's from a boy sitting across the room. He hardly knows her, but he likes her. Here's how he chooses to get that message across:<p>Him: "So, are you …

Teen Gets Three Years In Gang Rape, Murder Of Indian Woman

An Indian teen has been sentenced to three years in juvenile detention for the gang-rape of a 23-year-old woman who later died in the hospital, the first verdict in a case that has sparked international outrage over the brutal crime.<p>Police say the convicted 18-year-old was one of five men who lured …