VIDEO NASTINESS; Four-Year-Olds Act out Violence They See in Sick Computer Games

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VIDEO NASTINESS; Four-Year-Olds Act out Violence They See in Sick Computer Games


Byline: MARK ELLIS

CHILDREN as young as four are becoming addicted to the kind of violent computer games from which twisted teenage murderer Daniel Bartlam got his kicks.

Primary school teachers told yesterday how they fear their pupils are playing the games and watching inappropriate films unsupervised by parents.

Bartlam, just 14, was locked up for 16 years this week for battering his mum Jacqui, 47, to death with a hammer after becoming hooked on X-rated material.

Primary teacher Alison Sherratt said she realised the scale of the problem after watching four and five-year-olds act out violent scenes from computer games.

She said: "We have noticed a marked increase in aggression in general.

"We all expect to see rough and tumble, but I have seen little ones acting out quite graphic scenes in the playground and there is a lot more hitting, hurting and thumping in the classroom."

Ms Sherratt said most of the youngsters at her West Yorkshire school have access to their own TVs and laptops, and watch older siblings playing games showing "horrific violent acts".

She added: "The addictive quality of these games means that many children are already hooked into these fantasy worlds separating themselves from reality."

There's more hurting Ms Sherratt is junior vice-president of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers. The union will today call for a study on the negative effects of the games on the very young at its annual conference in Manchester. thumping the Teachers say young-PRIMARY TEACHER sters are turning up at school tired, unable to concentrate and suffering loss of language, listening and learning skills. …

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