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Study Finds Parents More Concerned About Video Games Than Alcohol and Porn

According to parental guidance organization What They Play, recent polls conducted on 3,000 respondents in two separate polls concluded that drinking beer and watching pornography were less objectionable activities for children than playing certain video games.

Nearly 3,000 respondents in two separate What They Play polls concluded that drinking beer and watching pornography were less objectionable activities for children than playing certain video games. Further, viewing violence was more acceptable than seeing content involving sex and sexuality within games.

"These poll results demonstrate that parents are as apprehensive about their children's media diets as they are about traditional social issues such as alcohol, drugs, violence and sex," says John Davison, president of What They Like, Inc. "When it comes to video games, parents should know that What They Play is a resource that helps demystify one of the most popular – and challenging – forms of entertainment their kids are into."

"Although these findings seem surprising at first, they hint at fears parents have about video games," says Cheryl K. Olson, Sc.D., co-author of Grand Theft Childhood. "To some parents, video games are full of unknowable dangers. While researching for Grand Theft Childhood, parents we spoke with in focus groups often bemoaned the fact that they didn't know how to use game controls - and felt unequipped to supervise or limit video game play. Of course, parents don't want their children drinking alcohol, but that's a more familiar risk."

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Captain Tuttle3326d ago (Edited 3326d ago )

All parents have to do is follow the ESRB rating guidelines and their kids will be fine. People wouldn't let their 10 year old see an R-rated movie but happily buy Junior GTA 4. The tools are there, parents just have to care enough to educate themselves and follow through.

Idonthatejustcreate3326d ago

Soon parents will give thier kids guns and a bag of drugs so they can do something outside instead of playing violent and self-destructive video games inside.

f*cking morons...

You never see the headline "Little Timmy saved by video games"
Instead of little timmy being run over by a drunk driver, he quietly sat at home playing GTA IV infront of he's tv. yay!

Saint Sony3326d ago

BUT, what comes to alcohol and porn, that is just basic ingredients for proper youth...so yep, video games = more lethal.

why?... well porn and alcohol has existed pretty much always, video games aren't, so it must be video games that causes all the problems ;)

f7897903326d ago (Edited 3326d ago )

Watch your kids play the games your worried about for ten minutes. Watch the content in the game and how the kid reacts. If they are only 8 and shooting innocent people in a game as they laugh their head off, you might want to take the game away from them.

IcarusOne3326d ago

This makes me want to cry. It's practically a guarantee that these parents have never once played anything in their life.

ravinash3326d ago

easy rule....make sure your kids always play where you can see them.

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MaximusPaynicus3326d ago

...would be an understatement of historic proportions.

boodybandit3326d ago (Edited 3326d ago )

As a parent you can only do so much but we are at the mercy of their (our kids) peers and just hope our kids make wise decisions. The problem is most parents today let gaming consoles, tv, computers, ipods, etc and so on babysit their kids just to keep them out of their hair.

You have to do your job as a parent to educate your kids and keep an open form of communication with them. Don't lecture or talk down to them. They will just end up doing the opposite of what you want to spite you and prove they are grown up.

I have one (possibly controversial) standing rule with my kids when it comes to getting into trouble. Call me before getting in the car with a person that is high on anything. Even if you yourself have been drinking or worse. I will come pick you up regardless of what time it is and I wont mention the incident again. I know that might not fly with some but I'd rather my kids come home safe then not at all.

So far I have never got that phone call and I am hoping I never will.

Parents need to stop their complaining and start taking an interest in what their kids are doing on a daily basis. Parenting starts in the home. If you are clueless or don't have the time to raise your children properly? They don't have them or quit complaining and putting the blame on others that they don't turn out the way you expected or say you yourself "raised them".

Nothing makes you grow old faster than having kids ;)

FantasyStar3326d ago (Edited 3326d ago )

Hell when my son turns 14-15 I'm gonna secretly put porn on his PC and plant some Playboys in there so I can instigate a conversation. (just kidding...or am I?)

LightningPS33326d ago

It's just things the body needs to grow.

Kratos Spartan3326d ago

420. Kids need to exercise their lungs

theKiller3326d ago

they r doing it them selfs, so its hard to stop their kids from doing it while video games is only for kids and young people 5-30 mostly and most probably those parents who complains have kids around that age, that puts them in the age of 40-60 so obviously they dont play games or even understand because they didnt play when they were young but they did watch porn and drink alcohol when they were young!

theKiller3326d ago

parents dont think porn and alcohole is good for their kids because

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parents dont think porn and alcohole is BAD for their kids because

ParanoidMonkey3326d ago

Nice to know their priorities are in order.

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