1. Age Ratings – A Border With No Fence
|Children vs. Age Ratings - Round 849|
This happens mainly because the law in the area of digital entertainment is shady. It defines almost no rules and has no control over what happens.
Why hasn't the government restructured the law to address the issue of children getting their hands on inappropriate material? Nobody knows...
However, there is fully detailed information in the web about every existing video game. There can be absolutely no excuse for being uninformed. Which brings us to our second point.
2. The Lack Of Attention
|What you think you son plays|
A growing child's mind is easily influenced by any types of materials, be it music, movies, video games, or even books. The dangers of inappropriate materials are there since forever. And by inappropriate I mean a child is too young to watch violence without that turning on a blender in his brain.
Fact is that children are not being monitored nearly well enough to stop their access to harmful content. Stores usually have no legal write to keep them away from the products.
|What he actually plays|
3. The “It's not my job” Effect
|Last year's winner of the "It's not my job" award.|
“My eight-year-old played your game made for 18 year-olds. He was later inspired to kill his teacher and play with her dead body. Well.. it's clearly your fault. I have nothing to do with it. I merely let my child beat a hooker to a pulp with a bat in GTA V. “
Of course this game will mess up your kid lady. But why in the world was he allowed to play it in the first place ?
If your kid breaks a plate and gets cut is it the manufacturers fault? What if he stabs a fork in the power socket? Should I mention guns and cold weapons? No? Okay.
Jack The Ripper didn't have games to play and look how things turned out for him...
We're not machines and even they break every now and then. There is a whole field of science on what goes on in our cranium and when and why things go boom . While you tell everyone your baby was just fine until video games came, do you seriously believe yourself ?
My bottom line is when people stop shrugging off responsibility like an uncomfortable piece of clothing and look for the real cause, maybe we can take a step towards making the problem go away.