NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione had “no idea what he was talking about” when he blamed a rise in teen knife crime to violent video games, according to a leading video game psychologist.
“In fact, in most countries youth violence has reached 40 year lows during the video game epoch,” said Dr Christopher Ferguson, associate professor of psychology and communication at the University of Texas.
Mr Scipione told The Daily Telegraph that young people were being desensitised to violence by playing out deadly scenarios on their computer screens. He said teenagers were being rewarded for killing and raping people, stealing money from prostitutes and crashing cars.
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