The Gruesome “Hunger Games”

Psychologist Brenda Hunter, co-author of From Santa to Sexting, is concerned about how children and youth will be affected by the teen-on-teen violence and death in the new block-buster movie, The Hunger Games.
 
She says this first installment of Susan Collins’ trilogy is really a story about child sacrifice. Though it is rated PG-13, the plot involves a gruesome, government-sponsored reality TV show that forces teens to fight each other to the death — the ultimate winner being the last one standing.

Dr. Hunter says there are over a thousand studies linking media violence to aggressive behavior, in some children. And once desensitized, the children are no longer afraid or revolted by what they see and this attitude remains in their psyche into adulthood.

We join with Dr. Hunter to urge parents to protect their ‘tweens and teens from this desensitization to violence and deterioration of their God-given sense of the sanctity of human life.

About Along The Way with Gary Curtis

Gary Curtis served for 27 years, as part of the pastoral staff of The Church on The Way, the First Foursquare Church of Van Nuys, California. In October 2015, Gary retired from leadership of the church’s not-for-profit media outreach, Life On The Way Communications, Inc. He continues to blog at worshipontheway.wordpress.com. Gary and his wife, Alisa, live in southern California. They have two married daughters and five grandchildren.
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