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RATH SURVEYS VIDEO-GAME EFFECTS

State Sen. Mary Lou Rath, R-Williamsville, is surveying residents in her district on the effects of video game violence on young people.

Rath, a member of the Senate Majority Task Force on Youth Violence and the Entertainment Industry, is concerned that violent video games are detrimental to children.

"Particularly now during the holiday season, many young children and teen-agers spend countless hours playing computer games, many of which involve a tremendous amount of violence and brutality. These young people are exceedingly impressionable and frequently have difficulty separating fact from fiction," she said.

The survey will ask parents, teachers and friends of these children what they believe to be the effects of such video games on youth and, by association, on society as a whole.

"With the number of incidents of school violence which have occurred in our country in the last few years, it is imperative that we take steps to prevent this situation from perpetuating itself," the senator said.

Results of the survey will be presented at a task force hearing on youth violence and the entertainment industry to be held Jan. 26 in the Mahoney State Office Building.

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