December 16th, 2014

Playing with Violence: How the Virtual World Impacts Bullying and Aggressive Behaviors

6 - 8:00 PM ET

Featuring Tina Brookes, MSW, Ed.D.

Meg Meeker

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Webinar Presenter


Tina S. Brookes, LCSW, Ed.D., has specialized in critical incident crisis response for more than 20 years. She has offered support, training, and consultation to schools, law enforcement, fire, rescue, EMS, emergency management, hospitals, military, and various community agencies. She has presented at five World Congresses on critical incident crisis response, as well as numerous national, regional, and local conferences. Dr. Brookes was the Staff Development Coordinator on a Department of Education Emergency Response/Crisis Management (ERCM) for school grants and the director of a Readiness Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Department of Education grant. She developed the ASSIST (Assisting Students and Staff in Stressful Times) protocol for schools. Dr. Brookes is a volunteer with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team, most recently serving the communities of Aurora, CO and Newtown, CT. She is currently collaborating with Lt. Col. Dave Grossman and Commander Geoffrey Leggett on developing a one-day training on the impact of violent visual imagery on youth. Dr. Brookes attributes her inspiration to do this work to her faith, family and friends.



Intense violence. Strong sexual content. Blood and gore. Use of drugs. The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) uses such phrases to describe the content of many action/adventure video games. With 97% of adolescents having played some type of video game, researchers are considering the potential negative impact of the virtual world on adolescent brain development. This Webinar will explore the violence marketed as "entertainment" through gaming, movies, and television to today's children and youth. Recent trends in bullying, aggressive behaviors and gun violence will be presented, as well as neurobiological findings on the impact of violent visual imagery. Dr. Brookes will outline practical steps for Christian counselors, educators, parents and youth workers in order to promote real-life relationships, quality family time, community service, physical wellness practices (including sports, exercise, and nutrition), and spiritual values (including respect, honor, kindness and love).

Participants will:

  1. Explore the negative neurobiological impact on today's youth of violent content marketed as "entertainment" through gaming, movies and television
  2. Identify how repeated exposure to violence in the virtual world can manifest itself in bullying, aggressive behaviors and gun violence
  3. Name and describe practical steps for facilitating pro-social behavior in youth and creating a culture of respect, honor and kindness
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