Should Violent Computer Games be Regulated?

Philippines
November 26, 2008 6:27am CST
I am worried about our children. Everytime I go to an internet cafe here in Davao City and in Manila, invariably I see nearly all the children playing violent games on their computers. Is this good for our children? Or should violent computer games be regulated?
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7 responses
• Philippines
27 Nov 08
Yes I agree. Violent games should be regulated or even banned because it can influence the young minds of the children and later may result to being violent too or become trouble maker when they grow older. The parents should be aware of this too.
• Philippines
28 Nov 08
What has happened and continues to happen in Mumbai has horrified the world. And yet, the same kind of actions occurs and are imprinted in the hearts and minds of the children who play violent computer games. Is there a catch to this somewhere? Are the makers of violent computer games unaware that "the child is father to the man"?
@djoyce71 (2512)
• Philippines
26 Nov 08
I would agree on the regulation of violent computer games. These games are obviously not good for the children. They take away the focus of the kids to their studies and I have noticed that a lot of kids nowadays lack respect to the teachers and elders because of what they acquired in the internet. There are really advantages and disadvantages of having this technology. I think parents should guide their children.
• Philippines
26 Nov 08
Thank you for your comment. I agree. Thanks also for the comment of "Fedge908". I hope government units have the political will to pass and enforce the needed regulations. Otherwise by default, we will be inculcating into the minds of our children distorted values, a "preferential option" for violence to solve problems and confront situations, an option that is "enjoyable". I hope I am wrong. I hope we are not molding minds and values of "putative terrorists" with these violent computer games.
@Ravenladyj (22936)
• United States
26 Nov 08
They are regulated...Video games are marked (here in the U.S and Canada at least) with age recommendations and if a child wants to buy a 18+ game they need an adults permission...and more than that its up to the parents to pay mind to what their kids are doing...My kids have been playing violent games for yrs now BUT I have also raised them to know the difference between real and pretend and they know better than to act out what they see on video games, from movies etc etc....It isnt violent media that causes kids to act up, act out and be aggressive its lack of decent parenting.
• Philippines
26 Nov 08
Thank you very much for naming countries whose regulations may be studied and adapted. I will study about this issue more and encourage Filipino MyLotters to grapple with this issue. As of now, internet cafes in the Philippines generally accept ALL paying computer game players of whatever age. I have noticed that violent games that are played by adults are also played by children as young as 7 years old or even younger. I do agree with you about the necessity of good parenting and guidance.
• Philippines
26 Nov 08
Yes I strongly agree that all violent computer games should be regulated, to avoid under age children to play this kind of games.
• Philippines
26 Nov 08
Thank you for your opinion. I do feel there should be regulation.
@tjburcham (690)
• United States
16 Apr 09
I think they should be rated, for us parents that don't pay attention to these things. Other than that, I am all for less government. Paraents should be in controll of what the kids do.
@jakill (835)
10 Apr 09
Computer games are just one part of the violent media that children, and the rest of us, are subjected to, indeed bombarded with, these days. It's very hard for parents to regulate what their children are exposed to, even in countries where regulation currently exists, because violent images are all around us. The sad thing is that so many people earn their crust by proliferating it. Newspapers and the electronic media tend to over-dramatise rather than put thing in their right perpective. We all really need help in guiding our children find the right balance of principles to live by.
@jonesy123 (3950)
• United States
10 Apr 09
They should be regulated. However, regulation only goes as far as the parent allows it. Here in the US there are ratings on the boxes but parents will buy the game anyway, either for themselves or because the child begs for it claiming that everybody else plays it. Some don't even know the ratings exist and/or what they mean. Thus, a regulation, even a regulation not to sell it to minors, if the rating isn't for it (which is what we have here in the US, too, as a rule), can be for nothing, if the parents don't care and let the kid do it anyway. Now as for the internet cafe, if it is their computers, their might be a way to regulate access for minors to violent games that are not rated for their age. If it is a laptop the kids bring in, there should be a way to make them leave, if they are being observed playing such a game. Something like a law that if places provide internet access or a wifi-hotspot in their place of business they have to watch what the kids are doing.