A spate of recent violent incidents involving young people has prompted warnings of the need to re-examine the impact of television and video games on copycat behaviour.
Adisak Palitpolkarnpim, head of Child Safety Promotion and Injury Prevention Research Centre at Ramathibodi Hospital, said two news stories about death and violence involving young people this week gave added reason for concern.
On Sunday, Oct 25, an eight-year-old girl was found hanging from a tree. She suffered lack of oxygen to the brain for an estimated 10 minutes. She was rushed to Ramathibodi Hospital and was still under intensive care while doctors sought to establish how much damage had been done to her brain.