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.
Well, children probably shouldn't be playing GTAV or COD while they are at school anyway.
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 .........
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.
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.
"Journalists" Should Be Reported To Police if they write THERE articles with grammar like this.
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.
Eh, mistakes happen.
- 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?
Lol I couldn't help it.
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.
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.
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.
Dafuq?it's a advisory rating.Not a felony like alcohol.
The UK overreacting as per usual. Pointing the finger elsewhere instead of taking the blame for anything.
The independent is putting a lot of these articles out lately. Just utterly bonkers subjects.
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
@superman, really? They teach worse stuff at church and even babies go there.
@BitbyDeath I don't remember being taught how to assault pedestrians in church, but ok.
@reeze No, but if you're Catholic your child may be taught how to be molested and you can't do that in GTA.
@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.
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?
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.
...I have no words. XD
@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.
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Then what about Zelda?
Ugh if only you said "But then, who is zelda?"
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.
lol a child can watch a rated R movie if their parent buys the ticket, but they cant play a rated M game their parent bought for them. The rating system is about consent, not hard boundaries.
Yes, but the bigger problem is parents' blatant disregard for the game rating systems (ESRB, PEGI, etc.) until AFTER they see their kid playing the violent and/or graphic game. Then the parents get all up in arms against the developers and publishers of such games when in the end the ONLY person to blame is themselves. The thing is, just like the movie rating systems, the game rating systems are meant to serve as guidelines to help parents decide what is appropriate for their children. "What is appropriate" is a pretty big grey area because age is NOT an indicator of maturity (or mental ability for that matter). Some kids are mature beyond their age and some are not, so every kid will react to the fictional fantasy world of a game differently. Some kids are aware it is a game and don't let it influence their morals, others don't have this ability, BUT it is the parent that knows whether their child has this ability. Should parents be arrested for ignoring the rating system? I think that is a bit extreme, but if you are going to go that far maybe a fine or ticket IF the child shows severe issues such as increased aggression or being uncooperative with their peers or authority as a direct result of playing violent games. Like I said some kids can play games rated above their age without issue because they are able to keep the game from influencing their morals and behaviors (others cannot and it is the parents responsibility in the end).
The only problem is that there is no way to correlate increased aggression or being uncooperative with peers directly with video games. That's s very slippery slope to go down. What if a kid murders another kid and the parents say the night before he was playing GTA. That does not mean GTA made the kid a murderer.
It is something that is difficult to prove because it is something that can be influenced from multiple sources including if the child is bullied causing them to become more aggressive as a defense mechanism or if they are raised in an already violent household. There are too many factors that can contribute. With some kids with severe mental issues violent games don't help matters, but again it is not the sole contributor and again in the end the responsibility rests squarely on the shoulders of the parents of such children to monitor and control what they have access to to prevent any issues as result.
I don't recall things such as the ESRB being law.