OPINION: Violence a gaming concern for a mother

JUST like most other 12 year old boys, my son is into his gaming.

As a parent, I often get frustrated with the classification system on video games.

Although it's there to assist parents, I find that the ratings are either too tight with its level of acceptance, or it's too relaxed - the balance never seems to be right.

When I looked up the details of the rating system, I was surprised to see that they are very general.

MA 15+ for instance, only identifies drug use and sexual scenes that may have 'an impact' as the classification website states.

This could be anything from passionate kissing, some touching through to full blown intercourse, and drug use could be determined as smoking a cigarette or injecting a hard substance - it doesn't really stipulate more than that.

Other than stating it has drugs or sex, a lot of the games don't go further into the details of the rating either, so it seems a little hit and miss.

I keep an eye on what he's playing by having the console in the main lounge area of the house, so I get to see what the game contains and there just aren't many games available for boys that don't have some form of violence as the objective.

So it leaves a moral dilemma - do I stop him from playing these games altogether, or do I accept this as norm now?

My son is a pretty level headed kid, but surely this much exposure to games with some form of a battle, is only breeding a culture where violence is tolerated in the future?

Do you agree or disagree? Have your say and join the discussion below.



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