Anthony Perez writes:
''What They Play, the self proclaimed "parents guide to video games," released the results of a survey yesterday revealing that parents found their children watching pornography and drinking beer as more acceptable than playing certain video games, namely Grand Theft Auto IV.
The ridiculousness of it all breaks down as such: 49% of respondents most feared their children smoking marijuana and 19% were concerned about them playing Grand Theft Auto, while only 16% were worried about exposure to pornography and 14% to their kids drinking alcohol.
Before I systematically dismember this absurdity – surely a byproduct of playing such violent games like Grand Theft Auto and Manhunt – let's hear what the Cheryl Olson, co-author of Grand Theft Childhood, had to say about the findings.
"To some parents, videogames 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."