Video Games and Violence: Are There Different Effects of ‘Types’ of Violence?

In this lesson, students become aware of the different labels of violence applied to video games, they debate the validity of differentiating between types of violence, and they conduct a research project that explores the effects of different types of video games with violent or graphic content.


Some media may contain mature content. Discretion is advised when viewing with students.

Lesson Plan

Play the above media for your students. Either pause the video at intervals or play the entire video and pose the following discussion points to your students. Students can work in small groups, or the class can work as a whole to answer the following questions:

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Lesson tags: Eleventh, Social Studies, Tenth, Twelfth, Video Games

Niall Brennan

Niall Brennan Niall is a professor in the Department of Communication at Fairfield University and holds a Ph.D in Media and Communications. Niall is a well-traveled educator and has taught across the globe from Brazil to the UK. He has also worked in publishing, advertising and information systems in New York City. When he’s not teaching, Niall enjoys cooking, photography and spending time with his best friend and dog, Harry.