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Lebanon has joined a growing list of countries that have warned their citizens about two online games that allegedly lead children to self-harm or even suicide.An ISF source told The Daily Star that the games have become a growing topic of conversation among students at some Lebanese schools, and noted that some cases of children badly affected by them had been reported.Dr. Tania Bosqui, clinical psychologist and assistant professor at the American University of Beirut, said that for children and adolescents to engage in self-harm, this would generally have to originate from a deeper issue making them susceptible to the games. "Research has shown ... that violence in media has a small but significant impact on child and adolescent behavior, but it is only a very small part of the picture, with a greater influence of social adversity and family conflict," Bosqui told The Daily Star.She noted that while she was aware of these games, she had yet to come across related clinical cases first hand.
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