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Parents of primary school children warned about letting their kids play adult video games

It seems very strange that teachers at 15 primary schools as well as a secondary are becoming involved in telling parents that they could be reported to social services and the police if they allow their children to play violent or sexual video games.

According to reports, it is claimed that several children have reported playing or watching adults play games which are inappropriate for their age, these include Call Of Duty, Grand Theft Auto, Dogs Of War as well as other similar games.

In the letter sent out to parents, it went on to say that “If your child is allowed to have inappropriate access to any game or associated product that is designated 18-plus we are advised to contact the police and children’s social care as it is neglectful.” They also warned parents not to let them have access to social media sites such as including Facebook or WhatsApp, which many would consider is taking the schools’ responsibilities too far and stepping in to do parenting.

Now it can be understood that there may be some games that are available to 18 years and older that would be entirely unsuitable for young children, but where is the responsibility of the parent in this? To clarify the law here ratings for video games are set by the body Pan-European Game Information (PEGI) which only forbids retailers selling games that have been rated 12, 16 and 18 to people below these ages and as with many things, it is left to the discretion of the parents whether they allow their children to play them, it is not illegal for them to play.

Common sense needs to be applied here as it is difficult to prove that the games themselves could send a child or a young adult into a life of crime, if children are raised properly they will be fine.

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