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I think like any material. Videogames, movies, music, the extreme violence/sex/themes in school can affect the young mind negatively. Not every young person, but some. People are partially a product of their environment whether it's to rebel, or conform in some way.

However when the child is this young it's the parents job to guide them along the way. I wouldn't let my 8 year old (I don't have kids) play hitman, or grand theft auto, listen to marilyn manson, NWA etc.

Now there are certain years probably 10, 11, 13 or something, where it becomes more ambiguous. But in the end it's the parents job. And singling out videogames is ridiculous.