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Parents could be reported to police if children play violent video games

Schools have threatened to report parents to the police if thier children are caught playing violent video games such as Call Of Duty and Grand Theft Auto.

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SaveFerris937d ago

Well, children probably shouldn't be playing GTAV or COD while they are at school anyway.

MRMagoo123937d ago (Edited 937d ago )

I would love to hear the convo between the police and the school when they tried reporting a parent for this lol , the police would think it was a prank call I can imagine.

Teacher: "hello I would like to talk to the police please"

Police: "hello is there an emergency"

Teacher: "yes I would like to report a most heinous crime, I have caught a student playing a video game, I feel the parent should serve some jail time or maybe have their child taken away from them"

Police: dial tone .........

SaveFerris937d ago

Ha ha. Although in the UK they could very well send in some kind of riot squad.

Gotta love the disagrees. I guess it can only raise the standard of education everywhere if, instead of learning to read and write, school students control CJ or Tommy Vercetti in order to get 100% in GTA.

inveni0937d ago

A person can report anything they'd like to the police. But letting a child play Call of Duty is no worse then letting them watch Saw V. And we all know that's not illegal.

ZombieKiller937d ago

"Journalists" Should Be Reported To Police if they write THERE articles with grammar like this.

SaveFerris937d ago

Their, their. You shouldn't let yourself get upset at that. Go and play a nice video game. I'm sure it'll make you feel better.

morganfell937d ago (Edited 937d ago )

Eh, mistakes happen.

360ICE937d ago

- What seems to be the problem, officer?
- You're under arrest
- For what?
- For writing "there" when you meant "their"
- I'm getting the chair, aren't I?

Seraphim937d ago (Edited 937d ago )

well it depends. I mean lunch break or any free time why can't they be playing? Obviously class time devices should be put away. Course that never would have stopped us.

I think most frightening is the fact this school or district doesn't understand the video game ratings are parental guidelines and while a lot of parents probably don't give two craps, bad parenting isn't a crime unless neglect or abuse takes place or anything else off the top of my head I failed to recognize. Perhaps the school should be concerned with teaching instead of parenting because that is exactly what they appear to be trying to do. Considering it's the UK maybe M games have laws governing them like Alcohol or Tobacco, idk but if thats the case perhaps Parliament wants to rethink that one.

Halo2ODST2937d ago (Edited 937d ago )

I agree, if they're at school than the shouldn't be play irrelevent games to their education during a class but in their own home or free time at school then it's fine.

ThunderPulse937d ago

If my children want to experience mature rated games they'll experience them. Who the hell thinks they can tell my kids they can't have something when I'll let them have it.

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Gwiz937d ago

Dafuq?it's a advisory rating.Not a felony like alcohol.

PCGamingNoobs937d ago

The UK overreacting as per usual. Pointing the finger elsewhere instead of taking the blame for anything.

Gwiz937d ago (Edited 937d ago )

The independent is putting a lot of these articles out lately.
Just utterly bonkers subjects.

iamnsuperman937d ago (Edited 937d ago )

You may not see it as a problem but I have seen children as young as 7 play "GTA" in the playground. It is a issue of neglect (which is a serious issue) introducing children as young as this to such content (sexual and violent). Doing this type of thing really does screw with young children. Hence the advisory age in the first place. I welcome the news since it will make the parents aware how much damage they could do to their child (socially) and how a game isn't suitable for young children

BitbyDeath937d ago

@superman, really? They teach worse stuff at church and even babies go there.

Reeze937d ago

@BitbyDeath I don't remember being taught how to assault pedestrians in church, but ok.

TheCommentator937d ago

@reeze

No, but if you're Catholic your child may be taught how to be molested and you can't do that in GTA.

SilentNegotiator937d ago

@Gwiz

The independent released a racist article the other day suggesting that white men be "banned" from leadership positions in student unions. Someone actually thought it wouldn't create outrage.

"Bonkers" is definitely the right word.

Phoenix76937d ago

Whats worse? Running over a computer generated sprite? Or telling kids about a man who got nailed to a tree for saying how great it would be if we were all nice to each other?

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Kidmyst937d ago

My Son likes to watch me play GTA which I watch what I am doing while playing but I recently introduced him to Tom and Jerry and Looney Tunes, which he thought was funny and in different ways these are as violent as games without showing blood. Hitting with shovels, bombs, guns, etc.

Gwiz937d ago

@iamnsuperman

I think you're part of a problem that only looks at games being an influence.
You know how many sexual,violent and addictive substance content is out there?.games?They're going to deal with it sooner or later.
When a government or an educational institution feels like intervening why not
oh i don't know... EDUCATE THEM.!!

There's many ways for children to be influenced,like all the shit they see in real life.That couldn't be an influence now could it?.I'm tired of these excuses as if we live in an utopian world order.

ChickeyCantor937d ago

Ugh if only you said "But then, who is zelda?"

gamesR4fun937d ago

this coming from the UK with all their government sanctioned mass pedophilia
obviously they'd rather punish parents for some BS then face up to what really needs to be done.