Moral panic is something which views a particular event as causing a panic among people that some evil threatens society and the act must be avoided (Fekete, 1994). Moral panic has become a norm in many areas such as politics, food, terrorism, refugees, social environmental, and investment related economic conditions, where it spreading in the culture and has the potential to change the behaviour of society to opt for alternative options. It happens when an act is seen to be destructive to a community or society in general, such that it becomes a threat in the eyes of the citizens and they develop an aversion for the act linking it with a moral panic scenario.
In recent terrorism environment in Syria and other countries, where the ISIS is forging a war for Islam, millions of local citizens have travelled to seek asylum in other countries for safeguarding their lives. Australia is one of them which are at a juncture whether to accept these asylum seekers or deny them any access to avoid multiculturalism and threat the very essence of their values. Accepting Muslim refugees has become a moral panic for Australians. Similarly, violent video games are not seen as another moral panic episode where children grow up more violent and tend to incline their likings towards violent in everyday life from early on in life. It is a dilemma for parents whether to let them play such games or discard them completely for safeguarding the children’s future and keep them away from violent inclinations.
This paper will discuss the moral panic episodes of asylum seekers who are mostly Muslims, and the impact of violent video games on children’s psychological progress and their inclination towards violent activities. In addition, alcohol motivated violent crimes, and ethnicity based violence as moral panic episodes will also be discussed.