“Children as young as four are acting out scenes from ultra-violent computer games in the playground, teachers warned today.”
“Pupils in reception classes are mimicking scenes of murder and bloodshed after playing 18-rated games including Grand Theft Auto and Call Of Duty.”
Look. Can we just say this one final time. They should not be playing 18 rated games, the only way a four year old can get hold of Grand Theft Auto IV is if his parents buy him a copy.
“Alison Sherratt of Riddlesden St Mary’s primary in Keighley said “research has shown violent computer games can make teenagers more aggressive but no research has been done on the effect on younger children. She said: “If teens find it difficult to separate fiction from the fact of their virtual personalities, how are my four and five-year-olds supposed to read and cope?”
To the best of our knowledge, no such research exists.
“General secretary of the ATL, Mary Bousted, warned that violent computer games are having a damaging effect on the ‘tender young minds’ of children.”
“Dr Bousted said: “What we are talking about, first of all, is the amount of time children spend locked in their room. The fact that children spend hours playing computer games means they’re not interacting, they’re not playing and not taking exercise.”
AARGGGHHHHH!!! Who’s fault is that? Video games? NO! Parents! To quote Rene from ‘Allo ‘Allo: “Stupid woman!”
“She added that it is very difficult for age restrictions on video games to be enforced.”
No it’s not difficult at all. You know your the age of your child, is he under aged four? Yes? Then he shouldn’t be playing GTA. That’s what the big red ’18’ sign on the front is for.
Source: The Evening Standard