Children frequently mimic what they see in real life! Researchers randomized 52 pairs of children 8-12 years of age to watch a 20-minute PG-rated movie clip with or without scenes involving gun use. The pairs then played for 20 minutes in a room with toys and games. Hidden in a drawer was a disabled handgun with a trigger sensor. Children who watched gun scenes held the gun longer and pulled the trigger more often. They also played more aggressively.
LifeTip: What the eye beholds frequently translates into actions!
Adapted from PositiveChoices.com