Violent and sexually explicit Video games.
United Arab Emirates
April 4, 2007 5:43am CST
What else? Even Video games, which have direct accessibility to kids and teenagers, contains violent and sexually explicit contents. This might be highly damaging for our kids. DOn't you think that Govt. of every country should take appropriate action to sensor these video games?
• United States
4 Apr 07
Video Games, movies, tv shows etc etc none of these things are to blame...slacker parenting is the problem...My kids both play games like Grand Theft Auto and have for a couple yrs now and its not damaged them at all...My son has been watching horror movies for YRS (he's 13.5 now) and both kids have watched violence on tv and they are very passive, gentle, loving kids...why? becuase thats how I raise them..they know the difference between whats real and whats "hollywood" and have for yrs...If a parent/caregiver pays attention, talks to their kids openly and honestly, leaves the door open for communication at all times then I can't see how a video game or any other type of media is going to "damage" them
4 Apr 07
Unfortunately all countries are different, here in Australia they have ratings & recommendations for different movies & video games. If a parent chooses to buy an R 18+ game for a child under that age then there's nothing the government could do to stop them playing it anyway. I don't think there should be a sensor though, coz then the older people who enjoy these games have to miss out which really isn't fair to those that are of legal age. Having said that though, they are ONLY games, not all kids are going to copy what they see, i guess it just depends on the child & how easily influenced they are :) Is that of any help?
• United States
4 Apr 07
Well, with our government they can't seem to. But I really don't think it is the fault of the government. While I totally agree with you that it can destroy and damage the children - what I believe is more damaging to the child who play these games are their very own parents. After all, a 8 year old isn't walking himself to the store to buy these things for himself (in most cases). So why are the parents allowing these sorts of games? Alot of parents don't take the time to care enough about what their child is involved in. I know teenagers are harder to monitor then a younger child - but it is possible- - - just harder. Alot of parents can't or won't control what their child views and plays with. Alot of parents want the church to teach them values...they want the school to teach them education....they want the government to monitor and control what their child can & can't do..... I have to ask those parents?? What's their job in raising their children. Just because the government allows these games to be sold to children - doesn't mean they have to allow their children to play them. Just a thought! :-)
• United Arab Emirates
5 Apr 07
You are absolutely right, but, you know, there are hundred ways for the kid to get exposed to it. May be at a friends home, in absense of the parents or may be in the club or game parlours. Parents are not present there. And you know how curious a teenager can be! In Dubai, sometimes, in the weekend, the kids form a group of friends and go to the local Game parlour. Who knows what type of content they are viewing?