Llanbradach headteacher’s warning after pupils as young as six act out drug and rape scenes from Grand Theft Auto

South Wales Argus: WARNING: Morian Morgan, headteacher of Coed-y-Brain Primary School, in Llanbradach WARNING: Morian Morgan, headteacher of Coed-y-Brain Primary School, in Llanbradach

A HEADTEACHER has sent a letter to parents after becoming aware of “extremely concerning behaviour” of pupils, some as young as six, which he puts down to a violent video game.

Pupils at Coed-y-Brain Primary School, in Llanbradach, have been, according to head teacher Morian Morgan, “initiating games that involve simulating rape and sexual intercourse” and “having detailed discussion of drug use”.

Staff at the school discovered that the worrying behaviour was a result of children coming into contact with Grand Theft Auto, or GTA, which follows the dark underworld of America’s biggest cities.

Its latest instalment, Grand Theft Auto V, is thought to be one of the best-selling video games of all time, having sold more than 32 million copies worldwide.

It is certified for people over 18.

The letter to parents also said children were “acting out scenes from the game which include the strongest of sexual swear words”, “having conversations” about sexual acts and “play acting extremely violent games that sometimes result in actual injury”.

Mr Morgan said the letter was simply a way of making parents aware of this trend rather than criticising them for the children’s actions.

He said: “I sent out the letter with some trepidation but I’m pleased I sent it because all the comments, as far as I’m aware, have been very supportive.

“Until I went online and checked the content of this game, I thought it was just a bit of swearing and some shooting and I think some of the parents will tell you that they have been equally naive.

“But I must stress it’s not a matter of me condemning parents at all.”

Mr Morgan said staff approached some of the children to ask them where they had seen some of the behaviour.

He added: “We noticed it building up. It used to be when people watched TV programmes – we probably did it ourselves with cowboys and Indians.

“It became more concerning because this newest version (GTA V was released in September last year) seems to be even more shocking than the previous games.

“The youngest child showing this kind of behaviour was a six-year-old but that is unusual. It was very much a minority re-enacting these acts.”

Caerphilly council said it was a matter for the school to deal with internally.

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6:52am Wed 12 Feb 14

russ angel says...

Why are these youngsters at this age allowed access to these games?They are 18 rated and the parents should be more aware of what their children are doing.I personally own GTA games but I am a responsible adult,and that's how it should be.I believe that these games are pure entertainment when you are mature enough to take it for what it is,not for young kids who do not have an understanding of how the world is,I blame the lack of supervision from the parents and lack of attention to what they are allowing them to spend their time with at home.
Why are these youngsters at this age allowed access to these games?They are 18 rated and the parents should be more aware of what their children are doing.I personally own GTA games but I am a responsible adult,and that's how it should be.I believe that these games are pure entertainment when you are mature enough to take it for what it is,not for young kids who do not have an understanding of how the world is,I blame the lack of supervision from the parents and lack of attention to what they are allowing them to spend their time with at home. russ angel

7:44am Wed 12 Feb 14

exMark says...

I've played the most recent GTA, there were not any Rape scenes in it.
I've played the most recent GTA, there were not any Rape scenes in it. exMark

7:46am Wed 12 Feb 14

exMark says...

What will be next? ... "Man gets caught speeding after watching Formula 1 on the weekend". OMG lets ban Formula 1 off the TV.
What will be next? ... "Man gets caught speeding after watching Formula 1 on the weekend". OMG lets ban Formula 1 off the TV. exMark

7:50am Wed 12 Feb 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

exMark wrote:
I've played the most recent GTA, there were not any Rape scenes in it.
I just checked and that isn't, strictly speaking, true

https://www.youtube.
com/watch?v=Tzfrtk4D
i2c
[quote][p][bold]exMark[/bold] wrote: I've played the most recent GTA, there were not any Rape scenes in it.[/p][/quote]I just checked and that isn't, strictly speaking, true https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=Tzfrtk4D i2c GardenVarietyMushroom

8:08am Wed 12 Feb 14

exMark says...

GardenVarietyMushroo
m
wrote:
exMark wrote:
I've played the most recent GTA, there were not any Rape scenes in it.
I just checked and that isn't, strictly speaking, true

https://www.youtube.

com/watch?v=Tzfrtk4D

i2c
Yes, but in this case, the character is the hero who saves the day.
[quote][p][bold]GardenVarietyMushroo m[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]exMark[/bold] wrote: I've played the most recent GTA, there were not any Rape scenes in it.[/p][/quote]I just checked and that isn't, strictly speaking, true https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=Tzfrtk4D i2c[/p][/quote]Yes, but in this case, the character is the hero who saves the day. exMark

8:25am Wed 12 Feb 14

Griff boy says...

exMark wrote:
GardenVarietyMushroo

m
wrote:
exMark wrote:
I've played the most recent GTA, there were not any Rape scenes in it.
I just checked and that isn't, strictly speaking, true

https://www.youtube.


com/watch?v=Tzfrtk4D


i2c
Yes, but in this case, the character is the hero who saves the day.
So you are saying a rape scene doesn't count if the the hero saves the day? Get a grip!! There are these scenes in that game, and the context of them is irrelevant! Kids should not be viewing/playing them....simples!
[quote][p][bold]exMark[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GardenVarietyMushroo m[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]exMark[/bold] wrote: I've played the most recent GTA, there were not any Rape scenes in it.[/p][/quote]I just checked and that isn't, strictly speaking, true https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=Tzfrtk4D i2c[/p][/quote]Yes, but in this case, the character is the hero who saves the day.[/p][/quote]So you are saying a rape scene doesn't count if the the hero saves the day? Get a grip!! There are these scenes in that game, and the context of them is irrelevant! Kids should not be viewing/playing them....simples! Griff boy

8:42am Wed 12 Feb 14

Llanmartinangel says...

Griff boy wrote:
exMark wrote:
GardenVarietyMushroo


m
wrote:
exMark wrote:
I've played the most recent GTA, there were not any Rape scenes in it.
I just checked and that isn't, strictly speaking, true

https://www.youtube.



com/watch?v=Tzfrtk4D



i2c
Yes, but in this case, the character is the hero who saves the day.
So you are saying a rape scene doesn't count if the the hero saves the day? Get a grip!! There are these scenes in that game, and the context of them is irrelevant! Kids should not be viewing/playing them....simples!
Good response but you're wasting your time debating with someone who thinks like that. He probably thinks everything Savile is alleged to have done is ok as he raised money for charity. You can't educate pork.
[quote][p][bold]Griff boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]exMark[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GardenVarietyMushroo m[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]exMark[/bold] wrote: I've played the most recent GTA, there were not any Rape scenes in it.[/p][/quote]I just checked and that isn't, strictly speaking, true https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=Tzfrtk4D i2c[/p][/quote]Yes, but in this case, the character is the hero who saves the day.[/p][/quote]So you are saying a rape scene doesn't count if the the hero saves the day? Get a grip!! There are these scenes in that game, and the context of them is irrelevant! Kids should not be viewing/playing them....simples![/p][/quote]Good response but you're wasting your time debating with someone who thinks like that. He probably thinks everything Savile is alleged to have done is ok as he raised money for charity. You can't educate pork. Llanmartinangel

8:58am Wed 12 Feb 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

Hang on a minute

"Until I went online and checked the content of this game, I thought it was just a bit of swearing and some shooting"

Are we to assume then that you think shooting people is okay?
Hang on a minute "Until I went online and checked the content of this game, I thought it was just a bit of swearing and some shooting" Are we to assume then that you think shooting people is okay? GardenVarietyMushroom

9:30am Wed 12 Feb 14

Jedi Master Katarn says...

Firstly, the game is awarded an age certificate rating by the BBFC for a reason. The BBFC is made of a panel of professionals who are qualified to make a decision upon what should be viewed by an adult/teenager/minor by law.

We should not be arguing with what the age rating is and letting children play such a game. It will Nurture the children into negative behaviors.

Secondly, The problem is that parents don't check what access to games consoles, social media and the internet that their kids have.

Children can just as easily view videos uploaded to YouTube as playing the game on a console.

Smartphones, iPads, kindles, pc's, games consoles should be locked and the parental controls used to prevent unwarranted access to adult content.
Firstly, the game is awarded an age certificate rating by the BBFC for a reason. The BBFC is made of a panel of professionals who are qualified to make a decision upon what should be viewed by an adult/teenager/minor by law. We should not be arguing with what the age rating is and letting children play such a game. It will Nurture the children into negative behaviors. Secondly, The problem is that parents don't check what access to games consoles, social media and the internet that their kids have. Children can just as easily view videos uploaded to YouTube as playing the game on a console. Smartphones, iPads, kindles, pc's, games consoles should be locked and the parental controls used to prevent unwarranted access to adult content. Jedi Master Katarn

9:54am Wed 12 Feb 14

no cheese says...

I can't believe you are comparing "speeding" to "rape". Please try and remember you are over 17 when you learn to drive. This is children in a primary school acting out violence and rape scenes . Don't think that you would be happy to find out it was your sister brother cousin nephew or niece a victim of this abuse. Parents need to be dealt with as they are minors and parents should be responsible enough to acknowledge the age limits on games, dvds and even reading material. It wasn't so long ago a young boy attacked his own sister after watching ****.This is completely unacceptable and well done to the school for making others aware of what is happening.
I can't believe you are comparing "speeding" to "rape". Please try and remember you are over 17 when you learn to drive. This is children in a primary school acting out violence and rape scenes . Don't think that you would be happy to find out it was your sister brother cousin nephew or niece a victim of this abuse. Parents need to be dealt with as they are minors and parents should be responsible enough to acknowledge the age limits on games, dvds and even reading material. It wasn't so long ago a young boy attacked his own sister after watching ****.This is completely unacceptable and well done to the school for making others aware of what is happening. no cheese

9:56am Wed 12 Feb 14

Jimport says...

I think it's the PEGI not the BBFC that rates games isn't it?

The point about F1 is nonsense. Ban F1? Nobody is saying ban GTA, so the comparison doesn't work. The article is about very young children being exposed to sexually violent content.

I've seen with my own eyes parents buy this game for a child who looked around 7 or 8 without even questioning what it was. This does come down to parental responsibility - allowing kids to be exposed to this kind of material should be taken extremely seriously.
I think it's the PEGI not the BBFC that rates games isn't it? The point about F1 is nonsense. Ban F1? Nobody is saying ban GTA, so the comparison doesn't work. The article is about very young children being exposed to sexually violent content. I've seen with my own eyes parents buy this game for a child who looked around 7 or 8 without even questioning what it was. This does come down to parental responsibility - allowing kids to be exposed to this kind of material should be taken extremely seriously. Jimport

9:57am Wed 12 Feb 14

Jonnytrouble says...

More SICK stuff from a sick Country that rules by the gun
More SICK stuff from a sick Country that rules by the gun Jonnytrouble

10:20am Wed 12 Feb 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

Jimport wrote:
I think it's the PEGI not the BBFC that rates games isn't it?

The point about F1 is nonsense. Ban F1? Nobody is saying ban GTA, so the comparison doesn't work. The article is about very young children being exposed to sexually violent content.

I've seen with my own eyes parents buy this game for a child who looked around 7 or 8 without even questioning what it was. This does come down to parental responsibility - allowing kids to be exposed to this kind of material should be taken extremely seriously.
I'm not necessarily against exposing children to simulations of real life - as long as the parents can make them understand that what they're seeing is wrong, and why it's wrong. It's more to do with controlling how your child perceives the things they see than controlling what they see.

Having said that - there is a limit I think. I was recently watching the film, The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo, on a recommendation, whilst my little 'un was pottering about. There are some quite graphic scenes of sexual violence portrayed that had me jump for the remote to switch it off.
[quote][p][bold]Jimport[/bold] wrote: I think it's the PEGI not the BBFC that rates games isn't it? The point about F1 is nonsense. Ban F1? Nobody is saying ban GTA, so the comparison doesn't work. The article is about very young children being exposed to sexually violent content. I've seen with my own eyes parents buy this game for a child who looked around 7 or 8 without even questioning what it was. This does come down to parental responsibility - allowing kids to be exposed to this kind of material should be taken extremely seriously.[/p][/quote]I'm not necessarily against exposing children to simulations of real life - as long as the parents can make them understand that what they're seeing is wrong, and why it's wrong. It's more to do with controlling how your child perceives the things they see than controlling what they see. Having said that - there is a limit I think. I was recently watching the film, The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo, on a recommendation, whilst my little 'un was pottering about. There are some quite graphic scenes of sexual violence portrayed that had me jump for the remote to switch it off. GardenVarietyMushroom

10:32am Wed 12 Feb 14

Jimport says...

GardenVarietyMushroo
m
wrote:
Jimport wrote:
I think it's the PEGI not the BBFC that rates games isn't it?

The point about F1 is nonsense. Ban F1? Nobody is saying ban GTA, so the comparison doesn't work. The article is about very young children being exposed to sexually violent content.

I've seen with my own eyes parents buy this game for a child who looked around 7 or 8 without even questioning what it was. This does come down to parental responsibility - allowing kids to be exposed to this kind of material should be taken extremely seriously.
I'm not necessarily against exposing children to simulations of real life - as long as the parents can make them understand that what they're seeing is wrong, and why it's wrong. It's more to do with controlling how your child perceives the things they see than controlling what they see.

Having said that - there is a limit I think. I was recently watching the film, The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo, on a recommendation, whilst my little 'un was pottering about. There are some quite graphic scenes of sexual violence portrayed that had me jump for the remote to switch it off.
Excellent points. But to clarify, I specifically mean sexually graphic content. I think this material does more to alter a child's perception of the world, than the world can do to control the child's perception of the material. Technically it is quite a serious criminal offence to show a child explicit material. On that score, I would say you did well to reach for the remote!
[quote][p][bold]GardenVarietyMushroo m[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jimport[/bold] wrote: I think it's the PEGI not the BBFC that rates games isn't it? The point about F1 is nonsense. Ban F1? Nobody is saying ban GTA, so the comparison doesn't work. The article is about very young children being exposed to sexually violent content. I've seen with my own eyes parents buy this game for a child who looked around 7 or 8 without even questioning what it was. This does come down to parental responsibility - allowing kids to be exposed to this kind of material should be taken extremely seriously.[/p][/quote]I'm not necessarily against exposing children to simulations of real life - as long as the parents can make them understand that what they're seeing is wrong, and why it's wrong. It's more to do with controlling how your child perceives the things they see than controlling what they see. Having said that - there is a limit I think. I was recently watching the film, The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo, on a recommendation, whilst my little 'un was pottering about. There are some quite graphic scenes of sexual violence portrayed that had me jump for the remote to switch it off.[/p][/quote]Excellent points. But to clarify, I specifically mean sexually graphic content. I think this material does more to alter a child's perception of the world, than the world can do to control the child's perception of the material. Technically it is quite a serious criminal offence to show a child explicit material. On that score, I would say you did well to reach for the remote! Jimport

10:50am Wed 12 Feb 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

Jimport wrote:
GardenVarietyMushroo

m
wrote:
Jimport wrote:
I think it's the PEGI not the BBFC that rates games isn't it?

The point about F1 is nonsense. Ban F1? Nobody is saying ban GTA, so the comparison doesn't work. The article is about very young children being exposed to sexually violent content.

I've seen with my own eyes parents buy this game for a child who looked around 7 or 8 without even questioning what it was. This does come down to parental responsibility - allowing kids to be exposed to this kind of material should be taken extremely seriously.
I'm not necessarily against exposing children to simulations of real life - as long as the parents can make them understand that what they're seeing is wrong, and why it's wrong. It's more to do with controlling how your child perceives the things they see than controlling what they see.

Having said that - there is a limit I think. I was recently watching the film, The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo, on a recommendation, whilst my little 'un was pottering about. There are some quite graphic scenes of sexual violence portrayed that had me jump for the remote to switch it off.
Excellent points. But to clarify, I specifically mean sexually graphic content. I think this material does more to alter a child's perception of the world, than the world can do to control the child's perception of the material. Technically it is quite a serious criminal offence to show a child explicit material. On that score, I would say you did well to reach for the remote!
On a slightly related note concerning the sexualisation of children - has anyone else seen the film Jackass presents: Bad Grandpa? Absolutely hilarious. There's a scene in it (spolier alert) where the grandpa dresses up his grandson as a girl, then enters him/her into a beauty pageant and... well watch it for yourself

https://www.youtube.
com/watch?v=yHG7DtMT
28U
[quote][p][bold]Jimport[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GardenVarietyMushroo m[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jimport[/bold] wrote: I think it's the PEGI not the BBFC that rates games isn't it? The point about F1 is nonsense. Ban F1? Nobody is saying ban GTA, so the comparison doesn't work. The article is about very young children being exposed to sexually violent content. I've seen with my own eyes parents buy this game for a child who looked around 7 or 8 without even questioning what it was. This does come down to parental responsibility - allowing kids to be exposed to this kind of material should be taken extremely seriously.[/p][/quote]I'm not necessarily against exposing children to simulations of real life - as long as the parents can make them understand that what they're seeing is wrong, and why it's wrong. It's more to do with controlling how your child perceives the things they see than controlling what they see. Having said that - there is a limit I think. I was recently watching the film, The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo, on a recommendation, whilst my little 'un was pottering about. There are some quite graphic scenes of sexual violence portrayed that had me jump for the remote to switch it off.[/p][/quote]Excellent points. But to clarify, I specifically mean sexually graphic content. I think this material does more to alter a child's perception of the world, than the world can do to control the child's perception of the material. Technically it is quite a serious criminal offence to show a child explicit material. On that score, I would say you did well to reach for the remote![/p][/quote]On a slightly related note concerning the sexualisation of children - has anyone else seen the film Jackass presents: Bad Grandpa? Absolutely hilarious. There's a scene in it (spolier alert) where the grandpa dresses up his grandson as a girl, then enters him/her into a beauty pageant and... well watch it for yourself https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=yHG7DtMT 28U GardenVarietyMushroom

11:00am Wed 12 Feb 14

DavidMclean says...

Llanmartinangel wrote:
Griff boy wrote:
exMark wrote:
GardenVarietyMushroo



m
wrote:
exMark wrote:
I've played the most recent GTA, there were not any Rape scenes in it.
I just checked and that isn't, strictly speaking, true

https://www.youtube.




com/watch?v=Tzfrtk4D




i2c
Yes, but in this case, the character is the hero who saves the day.
So you are saying a rape scene doesn't count if the the hero saves the day? Get a grip!! There are these scenes in that game, and the context of them is irrelevant! Kids should not be viewing/playing them....simples!
Good response but you're wasting your time debating with someone who thinks like that. He probably thinks everything Savile is alleged to have done is ok as he raised money for charity. You can't educate pork.
Class line about Savile! Right between the eyes!
[quote][p][bold]Llanmartinangel[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Griff boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]exMark[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GardenVarietyMushroo m[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]exMark[/bold] wrote: I've played the most recent GTA, there were not any Rape scenes in it.[/p][/quote]I just checked and that isn't, strictly speaking, true https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=Tzfrtk4D i2c[/p][/quote]Yes, but in this case, the character is the hero who saves the day.[/p][/quote]So you are saying a rape scene doesn't count if the the hero saves the day? Get a grip!! There are these scenes in that game, and the context of them is irrelevant! Kids should not be viewing/playing them....simples![/p][/quote]Good response but you're wasting your time debating with someone who thinks like that. He probably thinks everything Savile is alleged to have done is ok as he raised money for charity. You can't educate pork.[/p][/quote]Class line about Savile! Right between the eyes! DavidMclean

3:45pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Freakbiker says...

These games are rated for a reason, they are not baby sitters. When call of Duty is released the number of kids on line with their parents to buy it at midnight is unbelievable for a over 17 rated game.

I'm a gamer, I don't think there is anything wrong with military style games for ADULTS, drug use and prostitution should not be in a game.
These games are rated for a reason, they are not baby sitters. When call of Duty is released the number of kids on line with their parents to buy it at midnight is unbelievable for a over 17 rated game. I'm a gamer, I don't think there is anything wrong with military style games for ADULTS, drug use and prostitution should not be in a game. Freakbiker

3:45pm Wed 12 Feb 14

cleo48 says...

This is another "let's attack an industry because of poor user/product interaction." In other words no human judgement required. In my country, no one at this tender age is allowed to purchase a game with that rating. Yet these parents played no role in the matter? Please stop. Lets re-approach this flap and ask some questions which were conveniently set aside.
This is another "let's attack an industry because of poor user/product interaction." In other words no human judgement required. In my country, no one at this tender age is allowed to purchase a game with that rating. Yet these parents played no role in the matter? Please stop. Lets re-approach this flap and ask some questions which were conveniently set aside. cleo48

3:47pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Like I CM says...

GardenVarietyMushroo
m
wrote:
Hang on a minute

"Until I went online and checked the content of this game, I thought it was just a bit of swearing and some shooting"

Are we to assume then that you think shooting people is okay?
the key word is "some" in contrast with the reality of the game which has gross everything. Good nitpicking there.
[quote][p][bold]GardenVarietyMushroo m[/bold] wrote: Hang on a minute "Until I went online and checked the content of this game, I thought it was just a bit of swearing and some shooting" Are we to assume then that you think shooting people is okay?[/p][/quote]the key word is "some" in contrast with the reality of the game which has gross everything. Good nitpicking there. Like I CM

4:00pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Jimport says...

cleo48 wrote:
This is another "let's attack an industry because of poor user/product interaction." In other words no human judgement required. In my country, no one at this tender age is allowed to purchase a game with that rating. Yet these parents played no role in the matter? Please stop. Lets re-approach this flap and ask some questions which were conveniently set aside.
The vast majority of posters on this comment thread are laying the blame on parents. In what way are questions of parental responsibility being "conveniently set aside"?
[quote][p][bold]cleo48[/bold] wrote: This is another "let's attack an industry because of poor user/product interaction." In other words no human judgement required. In my country, no one at this tender age is allowed to purchase a game with that rating. Yet these parents played no role in the matter? Please stop. Lets re-approach this flap and ask some questions which were conveniently set aside.[/p][/quote]The vast majority of posters on this comment thread are laying the blame on parents. In what way are questions of parental responsibility being "conveniently set aside"? Jimport

8:30pm Wed 12 Feb 14

AmeriWis says...

Where the hell are the parents of these kids or aren't parents viable anymore? Here in the USA it is imperative to eliminate such games in the home and to put schools on alert that they had better act like civilized people. It may seem a losing battle but it is not if people get involved and unafraid to stand up for and protect their own children. Here we have to deal with Obama and his socialist **** Communist tendencies to take down the country he hates.
Where the hell are the parents of these kids or aren't parents viable anymore? Here in the USA it is imperative to eliminate such games in the home and to put schools on alert that they had better act like civilized people. It may seem a losing battle but it is not if people get involved and unafraid to stand up for and protect their own children. Here we have to deal with Obama and his socialist **** Communist tendencies to take down the country he hates. AmeriWis

10:13pm Wed 12 Feb 14

billiamsmitherson says...

i love how they describe it as if its the video games fault. any parent who buys this game for their children before they are responsible enough to handle it should read what im saying first. depending on where you live you will have a company that rates games. i live in the united states so in my case i have the ESRB. they rate the game M for mature and list what it contains on the back, i know PEGI rates it with an age restriction directly. when a game is sold in america, and your buying the game for your kid, they will ask "are you okay with your child playing a game that features ________?" before they sell it to you. how do i know this? because my parents bought it for me when i was 13 because i was a RESPONSIBLE child who knows a game from real life. i also played gta san andreas when i was five or six and guess what? i havent murdered, shot, stabbed, burned, raped, or done any of that to anybody. it depends on if the parents actions and the childs understanding of right to wrong
i love how they describe it as if its the video games fault. any parent who buys this game for their children before they are responsible enough to handle it should read what im saying first. depending on where you live you will have a company that rates games. i live in the united states so in my case i have the ESRB. they rate the game M for mature and list what it contains on the back, i know PEGI rates it with an age restriction directly. when a game is sold in america, and your buying the game for your kid, they will ask "are you okay with your child playing a game that features ________?" before they sell it to you. how do i know this? because my parents bought it for me when i was 13 because i was a RESPONSIBLE child who knows a game from real life. i also played gta san andreas when i was five or six and guess what? i havent murdered, shot, stabbed, burned, raped, or done any of that to anybody. it depends on if the parents actions and the childs understanding of right to wrong billiamsmitherson

11:28pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Denny Craneftw says...

The game is rated Mature. Why would anyone blame the game when the kid was clearly to young to play it? Blame the bad parents. This makes as much sense as blaming a liquor company after the parents got their kid drunk and sent him to school.
The game is rated Mature. Why would anyone blame the game when the kid was clearly to young to play it? Blame the bad parents. This makes as much sense as blaming a liquor company after the parents got their kid drunk and sent him to school. Denny Craneftw

11:31pm Wed 12 Feb 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

Why are we being invaded by Americans on this story?
Why are we being invaded by Americans on this story? GardenVarietyMushroom

3:13am Thu 13 Feb 14

jafo979 says...

GardenVarietyMushroo
m: Because a discussion is being held about a video game that takes place in a fictional American town, made by an American company, and is a product of American culture. Feel free to comment about Skyfall or Gran Turismo as you see fit.

I play video games, and have three children, ages 16, 13, and 6. I own GTA V, and have barely logged any time playing it because (you guessed it) my kindergarten-aged son goes to bed around 8 o'clock and I'm not going to play it while he's awake. He's smart enough to spy on the living room from the stairwell and it's bad enough that he watched a bit of Far Cry 3. Would I have a problem with my teenaged daughters seeing what goes on in the game? No, because they are old enough to discriminate between reality and fiction and don't idolize or mimic what they see daddy doing on the TV screen. Yes, it's got language. It's got violence. It's got drugs. It's got sex. (Holy cow - sounds like real life!)

I've always admired the UK for their unflinching portrayals of life through cinema - TV shows like Skins make me cringe for their audacity, and yet applaud their willingness to honestly portray life. If you want to dwell in fantasy, play Super Mario with your kids or watch Spongebob, where the moral choices are unambiguous and the consequences are limited. I'll stick with GTA and Jack Taylor for myself - and with those who are mature enough to handle it. Regulate your children, teach them what is appropriate and discipline yourselves to behave accordingly - i.e. Don't play GTA V with a six year old in the room!
GardenVarietyMushroo m: Because a discussion is being held about a video game that takes place in a fictional American town, made by an American company, and is a product of American culture. Feel free to comment about Skyfall or Gran Turismo as you see fit. I play video games, and have three children, ages 16, 13, and 6. I own GTA V, and have barely logged any time playing it because (you guessed it) my kindergarten-aged son goes to bed around 8 o'clock and I'm not going to play it while he's awake. He's smart enough to spy on the living room from the stairwell and it's bad enough that he watched a bit of Far Cry 3. Would I have a problem with my teenaged daughters seeing what goes on in the game? No, because they are old enough to discriminate between reality and fiction and don't idolize or mimic what they see daddy doing on the TV screen. Yes, it's got language. It's got violence. It's got drugs. It's got sex. (Holy cow - sounds like real life!) I've always admired the UK for their unflinching portrayals of life through cinema - TV shows like Skins make me cringe for their audacity, and yet applaud their willingness to honestly portray life. If you want to dwell in fantasy, play Super Mario with your kids or watch Spongebob, where the moral choices are unambiguous and the consequences are limited. I'll stick with GTA and Jack Taylor for myself - and with those who are mature enough to handle it. Regulate your children, teach them what is appropriate and discipline yourselves to behave accordingly - i.e. Don't play GTA V with a six year old in the room! jafo979

7:27am Thu 13 Feb 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

Typical yanks - always trying to tell everyone what to do.
Typical yanks - always trying to tell everyone what to do. GardenVarietyMushroom

7:34am Thu 13 Feb 14

BrianSmith82 says...

Griff boy wrote:
exMark wrote:
GardenVarietyMushroo


m
wrote:
exMark wrote:
I've played the most recent GTA, there were not any Rape scenes in it.
I just checked and that isn't, strictly speaking, true

https://www.youtube.



com/watch?v=Tzfrtk4D



i2c
Yes, but in this case, the character is the hero who saves the day.
So you are saying a rape scene doesn't count if the the hero saves the day? Get a grip!! There are these scenes in that game, and the context of them is irrelevant! Kids should not be viewing/playing them....simples!
That is obviously user modded. As in, someone went through the trouble of cracking the game on a modded system, and created that scene. That is not from the actual game.
[quote][p][bold]Griff boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]exMark[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GardenVarietyMushroo m[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]exMark[/bold] wrote: I've played the most recent GTA, there were not any Rape scenes in it.[/p][/quote]I just checked and that isn't, strictly speaking, true https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=Tzfrtk4D i2c[/p][/quote]Yes, but in this case, the character is the hero who saves the day.[/p][/quote]So you are saying a rape scene doesn't count if the the hero saves the day? Get a grip!! There are these scenes in that game, and the context of them is irrelevant! Kids should not be viewing/playing them....simples![/p][/quote]That is obviously user modded. As in, someone went through the trouble of cracking the game on a modded system, and created that scene. That is not from the actual game. BrianSmith82

8:39am Thu 13 Feb 14

Woodgnome says...

The issue here is parental control or lack of it, pure and simple Any parent who fails to regulate their kids' viewing should be prosecuted for child neglect.

You would be astonished how many young kids have seen over 18 rated violent films and games.
The issue here is parental control or lack of it, pure and simple Any parent who fails to regulate their kids' viewing should be prosecuted for child neglect. You would be astonished how many young kids have seen over 18 rated violent films and games. Woodgnome

9:08am Thu 13 Feb 14

Mozzyy says...

...and this is the reason the Wii U is going to find success. Since parents can't do any basic monitoring in what kids buy. They'll simply buy the console that has the least Mature choices.

These next gen systems have no desire to target children and parents. Sensationalist articles like these may sway lazy parents to get a kid friendly console, which really isn't a bad thing. The Wii U is a great underrated console with great Nintendo games that focus on multiplayer. If I had a family. I'd buy one for my kids. What parent who grew up with Mario doesn't want to play it with their kids?
...and this is the reason the Wii U is going to find success. Since parents can't do any basic monitoring in what kids buy. They'll simply buy the console that has the least Mature choices. These next gen systems have no desire to target children and parents. Sensationalist articles like these may sway lazy parents to get a kid friendly console, which really isn't a bad thing. The Wii U is a great underrated console with great Nintendo games that focus on multiplayer. If I had a family. I'd buy one for my kids. What parent who grew up with Mario doesn't want to play it with their kids? Mozzyy

10:31am Thu 13 Feb 14

Lankythumbs says...

This again? Do keep up.

http://www.gamesandl
earning.org/2013/11/
15/game-play-has-no-
negative-impact-on-k
ids-uk-study-finds/
This again? Do keep up. http://www.gamesandl earning.org/2013/11/ 15/game-play-has-no- negative-impact-on-k ids-uk-study-finds/ Lankythumbs

12:26pm Thu 13 Feb 14

liljohnnysaboyscout says...

Jonnytrouble wrote:
More SICK stuff from a sick Country that rules by the gun
I've never heard anybody describe Scotland that way. You did know this game was created in Scotland didnt you? Oh, you think because its set in America it was made here too. Nope sorry. By the way, you loved our guns when we were saving you from two world wars.
[quote][p][bold]Jonnytrouble[/bold] wrote: More SICK stuff from a sick Country that rules by the gun[/p][/quote]I've never heard anybody describe Scotland that way. You did know this game was created in Scotland didnt you? Oh, you think because its set in America it was made here too. Nope sorry. By the way, you loved our guns when we were saving you from two world wars. liljohnnysaboyscout

1:30pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Animedude5555 says...

The game is NOT rated for 18 and older. It is rated for 17 and older. 18+ is called AO (adults only) and 17+ is called M (mature). You do NOT have to be an adult (at least 18) to play any of the GTA games. You merely have to be 17.

There are no rape scenes in any GTA game. There is implied sex with prostitutes in the car. There's an actual sex scene on one of the games that was added by a hacker. But no scene GTA game game depicts nonconsentual sex (aka rape). It's more likely the kids saw the rape scenes from something else on the net (like hentai, which is anime ****, which often depicts rape, as well as other fetishes and perverted sexual behavior, BDSM, etc, not just regular sex, though some of it does show regular sex).
The game is NOT rated for 18 and older. It is rated for 17 and older. 18+ is called AO (adults only) and 17+ is called M (mature). You do NOT have to be an adult (at least 18) to play any of the GTA games. You merely have to be 17. There are no rape scenes in any GTA game. There is implied sex with prostitutes in the car. There's an actual sex scene on one of the games that was added by a hacker. But no scene GTA game game depicts nonconsentual sex (aka rape). It's more likely the kids saw the rape scenes from something else on the net (like hentai, which is anime ****, which often depicts rape, as well as other fetishes and perverted sexual behavior, BDSM, etc, not just regular sex, though some of it does show regular sex). Animedude5555

1:59pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Woodgnome says...

Animedude5555 wrote:
The game is NOT rated for 18 and older. It is rated for 17 and older. 18+ is called AO (adults only) and 17+ is called M (mature). You do NOT have to be an adult (at least 18) to play any of the GTA games. You merely have to be 17.

There are no rape scenes in any GTA game. There is implied sex with prostitutes in the car. There's an actual sex scene on one of the games that was added by a hacker. But no scene GTA game game depicts nonconsentual sex (aka rape). It's more likely the kids saw the rape scenes from something else on the net (like hentai, which is anime ****, which often depicts rape, as well as other fetishes and perverted sexual behavior, BDSM, etc, not just regular sex, though some of it does show regular sex).
Oh that's ok then.

Your point being?
[quote][p][bold]Animedude5555[/bold] wrote: The game is NOT rated for 18 and older. It is rated for 17 and older. 18+ is called AO (adults only) and 17+ is called M (mature). You do NOT have to be an adult (at least 18) to play any of the GTA games. You merely have to be 17. There are no rape scenes in any GTA game. There is implied sex with prostitutes in the car. There's an actual sex scene on one of the games that was added by a hacker. But no scene GTA game game depicts nonconsentual sex (aka rape). It's more likely the kids saw the rape scenes from something else on the net (like hentai, which is anime ****, which often depicts rape, as well as other fetishes and perverted sexual behavior, BDSM, etc, not just regular sex, though some of it does show regular sex).[/p][/quote]Oh that's ok then. Your point being? Woodgnome

3:27pm Thu 13 Feb 14

sweetiepie says...

Freakbiker wrote:
These games are rated for a reason, they are not baby sitters. When call of Duty is released the number of kids on line with their parents to buy it at midnight is unbelievable for a over 17 rated game.

I'm a gamer, I don't think there is anything wrong with military style games for ADULTS, drug use and prostitution should not be in a game.
"Drug use and prostitution should not be in a game."

So neither should they be in film, story, even the papers!

These games are rated 18 for a reason, and I have many times TRIED to make certain parents aware of these reasons when I see them buying it for their child who is obviously no where near 18!!

I'm a gamer, I love the GTA series, but I feel no need to re enact any scene! It certainly doesn't want to make me go out to find a prostitute and beat her with a baseball bat!
[quote][p][bold]Freakbiker[/bold] wrote: These games are rated for a reason, they are not baby sitters. When call of Duty is released the number of kids on line with their parents to buy it at midnight is unbelievable for a over 17 rated game. I'm a gamer, I don't think there is anything wrong with military style games for ADULTS, drug use and prostitution should not be in a game.[/p][/quote]"Drug use and prostitution should not be in a game." So neither should they be in film, story, even the papers! These games are rated 18 for a reason, and I have many times TRIED to make certain parents aware of these reasons when I see them buying it for their child who is obviously no where near 18!! I'm a gamer, I love the GTA series, but I feel no need to re enact any scene! It certainly doesn't want to make me go out to find a prostitute and beat her with a baseball bat! sweetiepie

3:41pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Willenholly says...

Jonnytrouble wrote:
More SICK stuff from a sick Country that rules by the gun
lol GTA was developed by a British company
[quote][p][bold]Jonnytrouble[/bold] wrote: More SICK stuff from a sick Country that rules by the gun[/p][/quote]lol GTA was developed by a British company Willenholly

4:22pm Thu 13 Feb 14

purplehaze150 says...

Griff boy wrote:
exMark wrote:
GardenVarietyMushroo


m
wrote:
exMark wrote:
I've played the most recent GTA, there were not any Rape scenes in it.
I just checked and that isn't, strictly speaking, true

https://www.youtube.



com/watch?v=Tzfrtk4D



i2c
Yes, but in this case, the character is the hero who saves the day.
So you are saying a rape scene doesn't count if the the hero saves the day? Get a grip!! There are these scenes in that game, and the context of them is irrelevant! Kids should not be viewing/playing them....simples!
These parents should be vetting what they buy for their children!
A child of 6 years old should not be playing these games, they are rated 18 for a reason.
The game is not at fault, it is the parents responsibility to check what they children are viewing.
The games are designed and rated for use by adults, who understand the implications of what they are seeing, and understand that the things they do in the game are not things to be done in the real world.
[quote][p][bold]Griff boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]exMark[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GardenVarietyMushroo m[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]exMark[/bold] wrote: I've played the most recent GTA, there were not any Rape scenes in it.[/p][/quote]I just checked and that isn't, strictly speaking, true https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=Tzfrtk4D i2c[/p][/quote]Yes, but in this case, the character is the hero who saves the day.[/p][/quote]So you are saying a rape scene doesn't count if the the hero saves the day? Get a grip!! There are these scenes in that game, and the context of them is irrelevant! Kids should not be viewing/playing them....simples![/p][/quote]These parents should be vetting what they buy for their children! A child of 6 years old should not be playing these games, they are rated 18 for a reason. The game is not at fault, it is the parents responsibility to check what they children are viewing. The games are designed and rated for use by adults, who understand the implications of what they are seeing, and understand that the things they do in the game are not things to be done in the real world. purplehaze150

4:23pm Thu 13 Feb 14

purplehaze150 says...

These parents should be vetting what they buy for their children!
A child of 6 years old should not be playing these games, they are rated 18 for a reason.
The game is not at fault, it is the parents responsibility to check what they children are viewing.
The games are designed and rated for use by adults, who understand the implications of what they are seeing, and understand that the things they do in the game are not things to be done in the real world.
These parents should be vetting what they buy for their children! A child of 6 years old should not be playing these games, they are rated 18 for a reason. The game is not at fault, it is the parents responsibility to check what they children are viewing. The games are designed and rated for use by adults, who understand the implications of what they are seeing, and understand that the things they do in the game are not things to be done in the real world. purplehaze150

5:14pm Thu 13 Feb 14

inkyskin says...

GardenVarietyMushroo
m
wrote:
Why are we being invaded by Americans on this story?
they're Americans..they'll invade anywhere!
[quote][p][bold]GardenVarietyMushroo m[/bold] wrote: Why are we being invaded by Americans on this story?[/p][/quote]they're Americans..they'll invade anywhere! inkyskin

5:16pm Thu 13 Feb 14

inkyskin says...

Woodgnome wrote:
Animedude5555 wrote:
The game is NOT rated for 18 and older. It is rated for 17 and older. 18+ is called AO (adults only) and 17+ is called M (mature). You do NOT have to be an adult (at least 18) to play any of the GTA games. You merely have to be 17.

There are no rape scenes in any GTA game. There is implied sex with prostitutes in the car. There's an actual sex scene on one of the games that was added by a hacker. But no scene GTA game game depicts nonconsentual sex (aka rape). It's more likely the kids saw the rape scenes from something else on the net (like hentai, which is anime ****, which often depicts rape, as well as other fetishes and perverted sexual behavior, BDSM, etc, not just regular sex, though some of it does show regular sex).
Oh that's ok then.

Your point being?
point being..there is NO rape scene in the game!
[quote][p][bold]Woodgnome[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Animedude5555[/bold] wrote: The game is NOT rated for 18 and older. It is rated for 17 and older. 18+ is called AO (adults only) and 17+ is called M (mature). You do NOT have to be an adult (at least 18) to play any of the GTA games. You merely have to be 17. There are no rape scenes in any GTA game. There is implied sex with prostitutes in the car. There's an actual sex scene on one of the games that was added by a hacker. But no scene GTA game game depicts nonconsentual sex (aka rape). It's more likely the kids saw the rape scenes from something else on the net (like hentai, which is anime ****, which often depicts rape, as well as other fetishes and perverted sexual behavior, BDSM, etc, not just regular sex, though some of it does show regular sex).[/p][/quote]Oh that's ok then. Your point being?[/p][/quote]point being..there is NO rape scene in the game! inkyskin

5:28pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Woodgnome says...

inkyskin wrote:
Woodgnome wrote:
Animedude5555 wrote:
The game is NOT rated for 18 and older. It is rated for 17 and older. 18+ is called AO (adults only) and 17+ is called M (mature). You do NOT have to be an adult (at least 18) to play any of the GTA games. You merely have to be 17.

There are no rape scenes in any GTA game. There is implied sex with prostitutes in the car. There's an actual sex scene on one of the games that was added by a hacker. But no scene GTA game game depicts nonconsentual sex (aka rape). It's more likely the kids saw the rape scenes from something else on the net (like hentai, which is anime ****, which often depicts rape, as well as other fetishes and perverted sexual behavior, BDSM, etc, not just regular sex, though some of it does show regular sex).
Oh that's ok then.

Your point being?
point being..there is NO rape scene in the game!
Ah, Ok then for little kids to see it is it?
[quote][p][bold]inkyskin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Woodgnome[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Animedude5555[/bold] wrote: The game is NOT rated for 18 and older. It is rated for 17 and older. 18+ is called AO (adults only) and 17+ is called M (mature). You do NOT have to be an adult (at least 18) to play any of the GTA games. You merely have to be 17. There are no rape scenes in any GTA game. There is implied sex with prostitutes in the car. There's an actual sex scene on one of the games that was added by a hacker. But no scene GTA game game depicts nonconsentual sex (aka rape). It's more likely the kids saw the rape scenes from something else on the net (like hentai, which is anime ****, which often depicts rape, as well as other fetishes and perverted sexual behavior, BDSM, etc, not just regular sex, though some of it does show regular sex).[/p][/quote]Oh that's ok then. Your point being?[/p][/quote]point being..there is NO rape scene in the game![/p][/quote]Ah, Ok then for little kids to see it is it? Woodgnome

6:23pm Thu 13 Feb 14

rc0213 says...

Adults need to quit using TV, computers, games to babysit their kids and not check out these medias for content. Studies have shown that kids under 18 are still very impressionable. And, this incident is what might happens. This does not say, this will happen with every underage kid. But, parents should care enough about their kids to make sure the kids don't get the wrong ideas.

Parents are responsible for their kids action until 18. Take your parental responsible serious. If you really love your kids, you will be careful what your kids are exposed to.
Adults need to quit using TV, computers, games to babysit their kids and not check out these medias for content. Studies have shown that kids under 18 are still very impressionable. And, this incident is what might happens. This does not say, this will happen with every underage kid. But, parents should care enough about their kids to make sure the kids don't get the wrong ideas. Parents are responsible for their kids action until 18. Take your parental responsible serious. If you really love your kids, you will be careful what your kids are exposed to. rc0213

7:19pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Mervyn James says...

Jedi Master Katarn wrote:
Firstly, the game is awarded an age certificate rating by the BBFC for a reason. The BBFC is made of a panel of professionals who are qualified to make a decision upon what should be viewed by an adult/teenager/minor by law.

We should not be arguing with what the age rating is and letting children play such a game. It will Nurture the children into negative behaviors.

Secondly, The problem is that parents don't check what access to games consoles, social media and the internet that their kids have.

Children can just as easily view videos uploaded to YouTube as playing the game on a console.

Smartphones, iPads, kindles, pc's, games consoles should be locked and the parental controls used to prevent unwarranted access to adult content.
You are right, even 6 yr olds are way ahead of any adult regarding online access, most parents struggle to find the on switch. even IF a parent blocks at home there are others who aren't subject to that and they just pass it around. It is the same as the old 'X' films which no-one under 18 could watch legally, they went to video every child saw them. We cannot moderate the net or the mobiles, it's all out there and out of control. SHort of banning google entry into the UK and using legislation at mobile companies, I have no doubt that isn't remotely possible or would work. If you tell a child no, then they will do the opposite. (So will many adults !).
[quote][p][bold]Jedi Master Katarn[/bold] wrote: Firstly, the game is awarded an age certificate rating by the BBFC for a reason. The BBFC is made of a panel of professionals who are qualified to make a decision upon what should be viewed by an adult/teenager/minor by law. We should not be arguing with what the age rating is and letting children play such a game. It will Nurture the children into negative behaviors. Secondly, The problem is that parents don't check what access to games consoles, social media and the internet that their kids have. Children can just as easily view videos uploaded to YouTube as playing the game on a console. Smartphones, iPads, kindles, pc's, games consoles should be locked and the parental controls used to prevent unwarranted access to adult content.[/p][/quote]You are right, even 6 yr olds are way ahead of any adult regarding online access, most parents struggle to find the on switch. even IF a parent blocks at home there are others who aren't subject to that and they just pass it around. It is the same as the old 'X' films which no-one under 18 could watch legally, they went to video every child saw them. We cannot moderate the net or the mobiles, it's all out there and out of control. SHort of banning google entry into the UK and using legislation at mobile companies, I have no doubt that isn't remotely possible or would work. If you tell a child no, then they will do the opposite. (So will many adults !). Mervyn James

7:19pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Mervyn James says...

Jedi Master Katarn wrote:
Firstly, the game is awarded an age certificate rating by the BBFC for a reason. The BBFC is made of a panel of professionals who are qualified to make a decision upon what should be viewed by an adult/teenager/minor by law.

We should not be arguing with what the age rating is and letting children play such a game. It will Nurture the children into negative behaviors.

Secondly, The problem is that parents don't check what access to games consoles, social media and the internet that their kids have.

Children can just as easily view videos uploaded to YouTube as playing the game on a console.

Smartphones, iPads, kindles, pc's, games consoles should be locked and the parental controls used to prevent unwarranted access to adult content.
You are right, even 6 yr olds are way ahead of any adult regarding online access, most parents struggle to find the on switch. even IF a parent blocks at home there are others who aren't subject to that and they just pass it around. It is the same as the old 'X' films which no-one under 18 could watch legally, they went to video every child saw them. We cannot moderate the net or the mobiles, it's all out there and out of control. SHort of banning google entry into the UK and using legislation at mobile companies, I have no doubt that isn't remotely possible or would work. If you tell a child no, then they will do the opposite. (So will many adults !).
[quote][p][bold]Jedi Master Katarn[/bold] wrote: Firstly, the game is awarded an age certificate rating by the BBFC for a reason. The BBFC is made of a panel of professionals who are qualified to make a decision upon what should be viewed by an adult/teenager/minor by law. We should not be arguing with what the age rating is and letting children play such a game. It will Nurture the children into negative behaviors. Secondly, The problem is that parents don't check what access to games consoles, social media and the internet that their kids have. Children can just as easily view videos uploaded to YouTube as playing the game on a console. Smartphones, iPads, kindles, pc's, games consoles should be locked and the parental controls used to prevent unwarranted access to adult content.[/p][/quote]You are right, even 6 yr olds are way ahead of any adult regarding online access, most parents struggle to find the on switch. even IF a parent blocks at home there are others who aren't subject to that and they just pass it around. It is the same as the old 'X' films which no-one under 18 could watch legally, they went to video every child saw them. We cannot moderate the net or the mobiles, it's all out there and out of control. SHort of banning google entry into the UK and using legislation at mobile companies, I have no doubt that isn't remotely possible or would work. If you tell a child no, then they will do the opposite. (So will many adults !). Mervyn James

7:33pm Thu 13 Feb 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

inkyskin wrote:
GardenVarietyMushroo

m
wrote:
Why are we being invaded by Americans on this story?
they're Americans..they'll invade anywhere!
Hahahahaaaaaa!

That made me laugh.
[quote][p][bold]inkyskin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GardenVarietyMushroo m[/bold] wrote: Why are we being invaded by Americans on this story?[/p][/quote]they're Americans..they'll invade anywhere![/p][/quote]Hahahahaaaaaa! That made me laugh. GardenVarietyMushroom

8:45pm Thu 13 Feb 14

rlewis says...

I know of a mother who bought it for her THREE year old son. I don't think a lot of people actually realise the content.
I know of a mother who bought it for her THREE year old son. I don't think a lot of people actually realise the content. rlewis

10:46pm Thu 13 Feb 14

grumpyandopinionated says...

rlewis wrote:
I know of a mother who bought it for her THREE year old son. I don't think a lot of people actually realise the content.
I don't think alot of people care, it's less hassle to allow the kid what he wants rather than have endless tantrums or just ignorance. I can't belive that anyone can have the audacity to even try to justify this game. Doesn't matter if it's 17+ or 18+ doesn't say anywhere that it's intended for any age below 17. I used to play Call Of Duty alot and the amount of little kids that used that game is mind boggling. Parents need to be educated, kids need to be educated more about the differences between what they see on the tv and what is real life, and how are kids going to know the difference if the parents either don't know or can't be bothered to know. Put simply the industry needs to have more control over who uses the content. If your playing the game online then you should be able to report a player for being under age, the account is then blocked even at the console level and can only be unblocked by either having to enter credit card details or by going to a shop selling the games with ID, if parents are then doing this for their kids then they'll soon get fed up of the inconveinence or realise that the game shouldn't be played by jhonny who's only 6. So it it bothe the parents and the game and console makers themselfs for putting sales before ethics
[quote][p][bold]rlewis[/bold] wrote: I know of a mother who bought it for her THREE year old son. I don't think a lot of people actually realise the content.[/p][/quote]I don't think alot of people care, it's less hassle to allow the kid what he wants rather than have endless tantrums or just ignorance. I can't belive that anyone can have the audacity to even try to justify this game. Doesn't matter if it's 17+ or 18+ doesn't say anywhere that it's intended for any age below 17. I used to play Call Of Duty alot and the amount of little kids that used that game is mind boggling. Parents need to be educated, kids need to be educated more about the differences between what they see on the tv and what is real life, and how are kids going to know the difference if the parents either don't know or can't be bothered to know. Put simply the industry needs to have more control over who uses the content. If your playing the game online then you should be able to report a player for being under age, the account is then blocked even at the console level and can only be unblocked by either having to enter credit card details or by going to a shop selling the games with ID, if parents are then doing this for their kids then they'll soon get fed up of the inconveinence or realise that the game shouldn't be played by jhonny who's only 6. So it it bothe the parents and the game and console makers themselfs for putting sales before ethics grumpyandopinionated

8:22am Fri 14 Feb 14

Woodgnome says...

I've noticed some dullard(s) voting down a lot of eminently sensible comments on here. We must conclude that they are either kids who don't want to be controlled in any way or adult dumbo's where it's frightening they have the vote!!
I've noticed some dullard(s) voting down a lot of eminently sensible comments on here. We must conclude that they are either kids who don't want to be controlled in any way or adult dumbo's where it's frightening they have the vote!! Woodgnome

1:31pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

Disturbing stuff, but sociologists also have evidence to show that children pick up misogynistic attitudes from films, TV programmes, adverts and newspapers that adults may having lying around the house - such as those tabloids which feature Page Three models etc.
Disturbing stuff, but sociologists also have evidence to show that children pick up misogynistic attitudes from films, TV programmes, adverts and newspapers that adults may having lying around the house - such as those tabloids which feature Page Three models etc. Katie Re-Registered

5:01pm Fri 14 Feb 14

haggy says...

russ angel wrote:
Why are these youngsters at this age allowed access to these games?They are 18 rated and the parents should be more aware of what their children are doing.I personally own GTA games but I am a responsible adult,and that's how it should be.I believe that these games are pure entertainment when you are mature enough to take it for what it is,not for young kids who do not have an understanding of how the world is,I blame the lack of supervision from the parents and lack of attention to what they are allowing them to spend their time with at home.
you it the head on the nail as i dont think the shop would sell these game to a kid it more parent buy them and not cheking the game next it will be get there kids **** to watch all so they dont have to put up with the kid acting up becuse they said no
[quote][p][bold]russ angel[/bold] wrote: Why are these youngsters at this age allowed access to these games?They are 18 rated and the parents should be more aware of what their children are doing.I personally own GTA games but I am a responsible adult,and that's how it should be.I believe that these games are pure entertainment when you are mature enough to take it for what it is,not for young kids who do not have an understanding of how the world is,I blame the lack of supervision from the parents and lack of attention to what they are allowing them to spend their time with at home.[/p][/quote]you it the head on the nail as i dont think the shop would sell these game to a kid it more parent buy them and not cheking the game next it will be get there kids **** to watch all so they dont have to put up with the kid acting up becuse they said no haggy

8:57pm Fri 14 Feb 14

suburbitonone says...

Jonnytrouble wrote:
More SICK stuff from a sick Country that rules by the gun
Made in Scotland!
[quote][p][bold]Jonnytrouble[/bold] wrote: More SICK stuff from a sick Country that rules by the gun[/p][/quote]Made in Scotland! suburbitonone

11:31pm Fri 14 Feb 14

grumpyandopinionated says...

Katie Re-Registered wrote:
Disturbing stuff, but sociologists also have evidence to show that children pick up misogynistic attitudes from films, TV programmes, adverts and newspapers that adults may having lying around the house - such as those tabloids which feature Page Three models etc.
Are you actually suggesting that kids pick up on what thier role models or idols do. Shocking.

Everything that a child sees ultimatly effects it's behavior, what usually steers them in the right direction are parents and teachers, when niether does thier job rights is when the child starts to believe more that what they see is normal. It's not really rocket science, plonk a kid infront of a violent game and the kid becomes violent, give the kid either something constructive to do or even a game that is more puzzling and challenging that violent and the child is going to learn thinking skills.
[quote][p][bold]Katie Re-Registered[/bold] wrote: Disturbing stuff, but sociologists also have evidence to show that children pick up misogynistic attitudes from films, TV programmes, adverts and newspapers that adults may having lying around the house - such as those tabloids which feature Page Three models etc.[/p][/quote]Are you actually suggesting that kids pick up on what thier role models or idols do. Shocking. Everything that a child sees ultimatly effects it's behavior, what usually steers them in the right direction are parents and teachers, when niether does thier job rights is when the child starts to believe more that what they see is normal. It's not really rocket science, plonk a kid infront of a violent game and the kid becomes violent, give the kid either something constructive to do or even a game that is more puzzling and challenging that violent and the child is going to learn thinking skills. grumpyandopinionated

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