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Israel-Palestinian violence escalates in Jerusalem as military search for ‘terror attack’ suspect

Israel’s military says it is on the hunt for the Palestinian “terrorist” who rammed his car into a dozen soldiers in Jerusalem on Thursday, triggering a new spike of violence in the region.

The fresh Israeli-Palestinian clashes have left at least three Palestinians dead and come just days after President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed a Middle East peace plan meant to bring an end to the decades-long conflict.

“Early this morning, a Palestinian rammed his car into a group of IDF soldiers in Jerusalem,” the Israel Defense Forces said. “The terror attack injured 12 soldiers, one of whom is in serious condition.

“We are currently pursuing the terrorist,” it added.

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Israeli police officers inspect the scene of a ramming attack in Jerusalem on Thursday. (AP)

WHAT’S IN TRUMP’S MIDDLE EAST PEACE PLAN?

In the West Bank city of Jenin on Thursday, two Palestinians – including a 19-year-old – died after clashes broke out with Israeli troops, according to Palestinian hospital officials.

And later, Israeli police said they shot and killed a Palestinian who had opened fire at forces in Jerusalem’s Old City, lightly wounding an officer.

“Attacks from Gaza, an attack in Jerusalem, signs of a rise in hostile activity in Jenin… we are not trying to escalate the situation while understanding the complexity and sensitivity of the situation,” Israeli military spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said.

In the Jerusalem car-ramming incident, the troops were out on a late-night “educational heritage tour,” walking near a popular entertainment district in Jerusalem when the driver plowed his car into them and fled.

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Palestinians inspect a house after it was demolished by the Israeli army in the West Bank city of Jenin on Thursday. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST PEACE PLAN WILL ‘DIE’ BEFORE PRESIDENT, IRAN’S TOP LEADER CLAIMS

While it did not claim responsibility for the attack, the Islamic Jihad militant group praised the car-ramming as “the beginning of a new confrontation over Trump’s plan,” The Associated Press reports.

Netanyahu vowed to have the assailant apprehended. “It’s just a matter of time — and not much time,” he said in a statement.

In the Jenin flare-up involving the 19-year-old, Conricus said troops were carrying out the demolition of a home belonging to a militant allegedly involved in a deadly attack.

He said there was a “sizable riot” at the scene by Palestinians who threw Molotov cocktails at troops, who then came under sniper fire. Conricus said forces responded to the violence with their own sniper fire, saying a Palestinian shooter was killed.

Jenin governor Akram Rajoub described the 19-year-old casualty as a student at an academy that trains budding police officers and was throwing stones at the troops.

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In a separate incident also in Jenin, a member of the Palestinian security forces who was shot by Israeli troops later died.

Also on Thursday, Israel struck Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip after three mortar shells were fired at Israel. There was no immediate report of injuries on either side.

Fox News’ Andrew O’Reilly and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Mitt Romney praised by celebrities for saying he’ll vote to convict Donald Trump: He has ‘political courage’

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In a shocking announcement prior to the Senate’s vote on impeachment Wednesday, Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, announced that he would vote to convict President Trump, earning him the praise of many left-leaning celebrities.

Trump was ultimately acquitted on charges of obstruction of Congress and abuse of power. Romney broke from the rest of his Republican colleagues in the Senate with his vote on the abuse of power. Despite the ultimate outcome, Democratic celebrities were quick to praise the former presidential candidate for going with his conscience and casting a vote for conviction.

ROMNEY THE ONLY SENATOR TO DEFECT FROM PARTY IN IMPEACHMENT VOTE

“Thank you @MittRomney for putting #CountryOverParty & voting your conscience. Is there any doubt the outcome would have been much different had it been a secret ballot? #CowardlyGOP #HistoryIsWatching,” wrote “Star Wars” actor Mark Hamill.

“Mitt Romney shows us all is not lost: ‘My own view is that there’s not much I can think of that would be a more egregious assault on our Constitution than trying to corrupt an election to maintain power. And that’s what the president did,’” wrote Mia Farrow, quoting a portion of Romney’s announcement.

“Thank you @SenatorRomney for your political courage and for honoring your oath to the Constitution. Your colleagues will not be kindly looked upon in the history books of tomorrow,” wrote “Frozen” actor Josh Gad.

“Romney made a great speech, logical, well reasoned, emotional and true.  It honestly looks as if #Romney is the ONLY person of courage in the entire party.  THAT’S THE REAL OUTRAGE,” noted Bette Midler.

“thank u @SenatorRomney for voting to convict – one republican with honor #ConvictAndRemove,” Rosie O’Donnell wrote.

“Incredible. The radical idea that an elected official must put their oath to uphold the constitution above what’s most convenient for them politically. Thank you @MittRomney.  Let’s help him blow this spark of decency into a fire that engulfs the madness of hatred and division,” actor Bradley Whitford wrote.

“Romney tells the truth,” John Cusack noted.

MITT ROMNEY PRAISED, CRITICIZED IN UTAH AFTER GUILTY VOTE

“Good for Mitt Romney,” wrote John Legend.

“Thank you demonstrating at this trial what integrity looks like, Senator Romney,” wrote former ‘Star Trek’ actor George Takei.

“Romney was also right about the Russians,” Diedrich Bader wrote.

“A lot of respect for Mitt Romney following his conscience and doing what he feels is right. One vote that will mean a lot to many,” Ben Stiller tweeted.

“Thank you for doing what’s right, @MittRomney. History will remember you as a decent, courageous, man among cowards and fools,” Alyssa Milano wrote.

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Actor Don Cheadle responded to a tweet from Donald Trump Jr. calling for Romney’s expulsion from the Senate with a gif of fellow actor Anthony Anderson crying.

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Mitt Romney praised by celebrities for saying he’ll vote to convict Donald Trump: He has ‘political courage’

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In a shocking announcement prior to the Senate’s vote on impeachment Wednesday, Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, announced that he would vote to convict President Trump, earning him the praise of many left-leaning celebrities.

Trump was ultimately acquitted on charges of obstruction of Congress and abuse of power. Romney broke from the rest of his Republican colleagues in the Senate with his vote on the abuse of power. Despite the ultimate outcome, Democratic celebrities were quick to praise the former presidential candidate for going with his conscience and casting a vote for conviction.

ROMNEY THE ONLY SENATOR TO DEFECT FROM PARTY IN IMPEACHMENT VOTE

“Thank you @MittRomney for putting #CountryOverParty & voting your conscience. Is there any doubt the outcome would have been much different had it been a secret ballot? #CowardlyGOP #HistoryIsWatching,” wrote “Star Wars” actor Mark Hamill.

“Mitt Romney shows us all is not lost: ‘My own view is that there’s not much I can think of that would be a more egregious assault on our Constitution than trying to corrupt an election to maintain power. And that’s what the president did,’” wrote Mia Farrow, quoting a portion of Romney’s announcement.

“Thank you @SenatorRomney for your political courage and for honoring your oath to the Constitution. Your colleagues will not be kindly looked upon in the history books of tomorrow,” wrote “Frozen” actor Josh Gad.

“Romney made a great speech, logical, well reasoned, emotional and true.  It honestly looks as if #Romney is the ONLY person of courage in the entire party.  THAT’S THE REAL OUTRAGE,” noted Bette Midler.

“thank u @SenatorRomney for voting to convict – one republican with honor #ConvictAndRemove,” Rosie O’Donnell wrote.

“Incredible. The radical idea that an elected official must put their oath to uphold the constitution above what’s most convenient for them politically. Thank you @MittRomney.  Let’s help him blow this spark of decency into a fire that engulfs the madness of hatred and division,” actor Bradley Whitford wrote.

“Romney tells the truth,” John Cusack noted.

MITT ROMNEY PRAISED, CRITICIZED IN UTAH AFTER GUILTY VOTE

“Good for Mitt Romney,” wrote John Legend.

“Thank you demonstrating at this trial what integrity looks like, Senator Romney,” wrote former ‘Star Trek’ actor George Takei.

“Romney was also right about the Russians,” Diedrich Bader wrote.

“A lot of respect for Mitt Romney following his conscience and doing what he feels is right. One vote that will mean a lot to many,” Ben Stiller tweeted.

“Thank you for doing what’s right, @MittRomney. History will remember you as a decent, courageous, man among cowards and fools,” Alyssa Milano wrote.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

Actor Don Cheadle responded to a tweet from Donald Trump Jr. calling for Romney’s expulsion from the Senate with a gif of fellow actor Anthony Anderson crying.

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Pence at National Prayer Breakfast: ‘Prayer and faith are the thread’

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Vice President Mike Pence addressed the National Prayer Breakfast ahead of President Trump‘s first public remarks since being acquitted by the Senate.

“I believe that prayer and faith are the thread that runs through every era of American history,” Pence said to the 3,500 guests gathered from more than 100 countries in Washington for the 68th annual event..

CHRISTIAN LEADERS REACT TO TRUMP’S EMPHASIS ON FAITH DURING SOTU

“We are a nation of faith…our entire administration, we believe in prayer and rely on the prayers of Americans across this nation every day.”

Trump has made it a practice to open every cabinet meeting with prayer, Pence said.

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Pence referenced Trump’s State of the Union remarks on faith, when the president said, “In America, we don’t punish prayer. We don’t tear down crosses. We don’t ban symbols of faith. We don’t muzzle preachers and pastors. In America, we celebrate faith…”

Last year, Trump told the audience “I will never let you down, I can say that — never” before Sens. Chris Coons, D-Del., and James Lankford, R-Okla., who co-chair the national breakfast and the weekly Senate prayer breakfast on Capitol Hill, joined in praying for the president.

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Tony Perkins ahead of National Prayer Breakfast: Trump is dismantling the left’s ‘anti-faith agenda’

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President Trump is “the man for this time” as he continues to champion faith and religious liberty in the face of hostility, Tony Perkins told Fox News on Thursday.

The pastor and the president of the Family Research Council previewed Trump’s remarks to the National Prayer Breakfast, which will be his first public speech after being acquitted in the Senate impeachment trial.

FRANKLIN GRAHAM SLAMS PELOSI FOR TEARING UP SPEECH: ‘WHAT’S WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE?’

“People of faith, Christians in particular – evangelicals – are enthusiastically supporting the president…” Perkins told “Fox & Friends” co-host Ainsley Earhardt, referencing his rising poll numbers. “As he’s attacked, people lock arms around him because they know he’s fighting for the things they care about.”

The focus of Thursday’s breakfast is international religious freedom, Perkins said. He noted that was also one of the issues Trump highlighted Tuesday night in his State of the Union address, which drew anger from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and her colleagues.

CHRISTIAN LEADERS REACT TO TRUMP’S EMPHASIS ON FAITH DURING SOTU

“What he’s doing and what makes the left so mad is that he’s dismantling the infrastructure that they’ve used to advance an anti-faith, big-government agenda and they’re not going to be able to jump back into the driver’s seat and take off again,” Perkins explained. “It’s going to take them decades to rebuild …”

The conservative faith leader said Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah., who cited his faith in his decision to convict Trump in the Senate impeachment trial, is “free to do as he chooses.”

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But Perkins said he is confident Trump’s support from evangelicals is only going to continue to grow in his reelection bid for 2020.

“This president has not only ceased the war on people of faith, but he’s building a bulwark where people of faith can openly practice their faith.”

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Bad Lip Reading Imagines What Really Went Down During NFL’s 100th Season

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What’s causing mysterious ‘ice rings’ to form in the world’s deepest lake?

The humongous, mysterious “ice rings” that pockmark the world’s deepest lake during Siberia’s winter and spring months may look like icy crop circles, but they’re not due to alien activity, atmospheric conditions or even, as previously thought, methane bubbles percolating from the lake’s bottom.

Rather, it appears that warm, swirling eddies of water under Lake Baikal’s thick ice are responsible for these ice rings, some of which are up to 4 miles (7 kilometers) in diameter and can be seen from space, a new study finds.

Solving this mystery, however, wasn’t an easy affair. An international team of researchers from France, Russia and Mongolia elected to travel to the lake biannually in 2016 and 2017, drill holes in the ice near the rings, and drop sensors into the water below. One year, their van got stuck in the ice. Twice.

Related: In living color: A gallery of stunning lakes

In Siberia’s colder months, Lake Baikal — the largest freshwater lake in the world, by volume — freezes over. The ice is so thick, people routinely drive over it, said study lead researcher Alexei Kouraev, an assistant professor at the Laboratory for Studies in Spatial Geophysics and Oceanography (LEGOS) at the Federal University in Toulouse, France.

“It’s a no-brainer,” Kouraev told Live Science. “It’s a very long lake, and if you want to go from one side to another, either you do 400 kilometers [248 miles] one way and then 400 kilometers on the other coast.” But the trip across the ice is just about 25 miles (40 km), “so the choice is evident,” he said.

However, while the ice is thick outside of and inside these rings of thin ice, the rings themselves can put vehicles and their occupants at risk, Kouraev said.

The fellowship of the ice rings

Ice rings have formed on Lake Baikal since at least 1969, and can last anywhere from days to months, satellite images show. However, these rings have unpredictable behavior, and show up in different parts of the lake from year to year. Moreover, they tend to appear in late April, but can crop up as early as January or as late as May, Kouraev said.

But scientists couldn’t figure out how they formed. One of the more popular theories, indeed one that Live Science reported on in 2009, suggested that the greenhouse gas methane bubbles up from the lake’s deep bottom to cause these rings. But Kouraev and his colleagues noticed that some of these ice rings formed in the lake’s shallower waters, areas with no known gas emissions.

After analyzing data from the sensors they had dropped into the lake, the scientists found that the lake had warm eddies flowing clockwise under its ice cover. The currents weren’t as strong at the center of the eddies, which explained why the centers of these rings still had thick ice, Kouraev said. However, the current at the edge of the eddies was strong, which explained why the ice on top of this edge was thinner, he said.

The sensors revealed that the water at these eddies was 2 to 4 degrees Fahrenheit (1 to 2 degrees Celsius) warmer than the surrounding water. What’s more, the eddies had a lens-like shape, a phenomenon that is common in oceans but rare in lakes.

Related: In photos: Monster waves

But why did these eddies form in the first place? According to the sensors, which were kept underwater for 1.5 months at a time, as well as thermal-infrared satellite imagery, it appeared that the eddies formed each fall, before the lake froze over. Moreover, strong winds blowing in waters from the nearby Barguzin Bay could help them form, Kouraev said.

He noted that, so far, these ice rings have only been found in Lake Baikal, as well as the nearby Lake Hovsgol in Mongolia and Lake Teletskoye, also in Russia.

As for drivers who cross the frozen lake in their vehicles, Kouraev said that while cracks are easy to spot, the rings themselves can be harder to see at ground level because they’re covered with ice. As a public service, Kouraev and his colleagues, who jokingly call themselves the Fellowship of the Ice Rings, have written booklets, given presentations and told Russia’s national park service and ministry of emergencies about the rings. They also routinely update their website about the location of newly formed ice rings, which are visible in satellite images.

The study was published online in the journal Limnology and Oceanography in October 2019.

Originally published on Live Science.

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What’s causing mysterious ‘ice rings’ to form in the world’s deepest lake?

The humongous, mysterious “ice rings” that pockmark the world’s deepest lake during Siberia’s winter and spring months may look like icy crop circles, but they’re not due to alien activity, atmospheric conditions or even, as previously thought, methane bubbles percolating from the lake’s bottom.

Rather, it appears that warm, swirling eddies of water under Lake Baikal’s thick ice are responsible for these ice rings, some of which are up to 4 miles (7 kilometers) in diameter and can be seen from space, a new study finds.

Solving this mystery, however, wasn’t an easy affair. An international team of researchers from France, Russia and Mongolia elected to travel to the lake biannually in 2016 and 2017, drill holes in the ice near the rings, and drop sensors into the water below. One year, their van got stuck in the ice. Twice.

Related: In living color: A gallery of stunning lakes

In Siberia’s colder months, Lake Baikal — the largest freshwater lake in the world, by volume — freezes over. The ice is so thick, people routinely drive over it, said study lead researcher Alexei Kouraev, an assistant professor at the Laboratory for Studies in Spatial Geophysics and Oceanography (LEGOS) at the Federal University in Toulouse, France.

“It’s a no-brainer,” Kouraev told Live Science. “It’s a very long lake, and if you want to go from one side to another, either you do 400 kilometers [248 miles] one way and then 400 kilometers on the other coast.” But the trip across the ice is just about 25 miles (40 km), “so the choice is evident,” he said.

However, while the ice is thick outside of and inside these rings of thin ice, the rings themselves can put vehicles and their occupants at risk, Kouraev said.

The fellowship of the ice rings

Ice rings have formed on Lake Baikal since at least 1969, and can last anywhere from days to months, satellite images show. However, these rings have unpredictable behavior, and show up in different parts of the lake from year to year. Moreover, they tend to appear in late April, but can crop up as early as January or as late as May, Kouraev said.

But scientists couldn’t figure out how they formed. One of the more popular theories, indeed one that Live Science reported on in 2009, suggested that the greenhouse gas methane bubbles up from the lake’s deep bottom to cause these rings. But Kouraev and his colleagues noticed that some of these ice rings formed in the lake’s shallower waters, areas with no known gas emissions.

After analyzing data from the sensors they had dropped into the lake, the scientists found that the lake had warm eddies flowing clockwise under its ice cover. The currents weren’t as strong at the center of the eddies, which explained why the centers of these rings still had thick ice, Kouraev said. However, the current at the edge of the eddies was strong, which explained why the ice on top of this edge was thinner, he said.

The sensors revealed that the water at these eddies was 2 to 4 degrees Fahrenheit (1 to 2 degrees Celsius) warmer than the surrounding water. What’s more, the eddies had a lens-like shape, a phenomenon that is common in oceans but rare in lakes.

Related: In photos: Monster waves

But why did these eddies form in the first place? According to the sensors, which were kept underwater for 1.5 months at a time, as well as thermal-infrared satellite imagery, it appeared that the eddies formed each fall, before the lake froze over. Moreover, strong winds blowing in waters from the nearby Barguzin Bay could help them form, Kouraev said.

He noted that, so far, these ice rings have only been found in Lake Baikal, as well as the nearby Lake Hovsgol in Mongolia and Lake Teletskoye, also in Russia.

As for drivers who cross the frozen lake in their vehicles, Kouraev said that while cracks are easy to spot, the rings themselves can be harder to see at ground level because they’re covered with ice. As a public service, Kouraev and his colleagues, who jokingly call themselves the Fellowship of the Ice Rings, have written booklets, given presentations and told Russia’s national park service and ministry of emergencies about the rings. They also routinely update their website about the location of newly formed ice rings, which are visible in satellite images.

The study was published online in the journal Limnology and Oceanography in October 2019.

Originally published on Live Science.

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Robi Ludwig: Are video games a mental health hazard for our kids?

Video games and their impact on our children’s mental health is a topic that has drawn much media attention as well as controversy over the years. The truth is that we are all a bit dependent on our electronic devices. It’s one thing when you’re an adult but quite another when you’re a child.

Are video games placing our kids in danger? Are aggressive video games mentally malevolent and placing the young generation at risk for long-term mental health problems? The current research results may surprise you. Why? Because the recent findings are a bit more nuanced and complex than you might expect.

Video games come in many different forms, but only a few have been studied closely in terms of their effects on the brain. Dr. Daphne Bavelier, a brain scientist at The University of Rochester and the University of Geneva, researched homicidal first-person shooter games such as “Call of Duty.”

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She found that the gamers’ brains showed activity in multiple brain regions showing numerous and surprising visual-spatial benefits in such areas as attention, task switching, brain plasticity, learning, short-term memory, perception, and perceptual decision-making skills. Dr. Bavelier is not the only researcher who found these types of games encourage a more flexible mindset and faster reaction time than those of the non-gamers.

These visual spacial skills being developed can help prepare children for future jobs in mathematics, engineering, the natural sciences, economic forecasting, architecture, as well as careers in art and design; all fields that require visual adeptness.

Gamers also show higher levels of executive function, which is the ability to make split-second decisions. In fact, the new research is at odds with the idea that violent video games make kids less sensitive to violence, and/or more likely to commit aggressive acts.

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Psychologist Christopher J. Ferguson thinks the studies linking video games to violence were improperly analyzed and ignored the very important social factors of the mental health status and family environment of the gamers.

Mental health and family environment can be responsible for triggering violent behavior. Ferguson also found factors like depression and certain character disorders, like antisocial personality disorder, were far more likely to trigger aggressive behavior than gaming.

An impressive study was published in the journal Pediatrics. this study set out to determine whether video games were bad for a child’s health. The results showed that both the physical and mental health problems linked to games depended on the child’s psychological investments in these games.

Those who were considered problematic gamers or more deeply invested in the games were more at risk than gamers who used games recreationally. The problematic gamers were more likely to be aggressive and show symptoms of being depressed. This study concluded future research analysis should focus more on determining safe ways for kids to consume video games and to intervene if a mental health concern arises.

Kids who used video games as a distraction or to escape life were found to have higher symptoms of lower self-esteem and negative emotions. If a child is happiest online but lacks offline connections, this could encourage a more addictive or problematic usage of video games.

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Considering the motivational reasons why young players play these games may explain why the research has been so confusing and divided.

Having poor psychological functioning is also a risk factor for emotionally problematic video game use. If playing video games prevents a child from developing or practicing good coping skills, finding friends and/or having a good support system in his or her real-life, then playing video games can be potentially harmful.

If gaming crosses over into an addiction, it can contribute to depression, anxiety, lack of self-control, obsessive-compulsive behaviors and impulsivity in young players.

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Parents should monitor the physical and mental health, as well as their child’s relationships with others, in order to make a proper assessment to see if playing these games might be having a detrimental impact on their child.

At the same time, it’s important to know that gaming can have a positive effect on a child’s cognitive and social skills, too. Some counselors are even using gaming as a tool to enhance counseling, specifically for mental health needs.

Although this research is in its infancy, certain entertainment games have been used to improve mood through stress release, to develop emotional regulation skills and to develop certain strategic moves that can combat challenging feelings.

The video gaming topic is complex. Can it be problematic for certain kids? Absolutely!

Do parents need to observe, evaluate and monitor the impact these games are having on their children? You bet!

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But these games, like almost everything in life, can have a positive or negative impact on one’s emotions and mental health.

The key is to be acutely aware of the specific impact these games are having on YOUR child so that the appropriate intervention can be made and long-term mental health issues can be avoided.

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