Since reading all the articles pertaining to the Supreme Court decision regarding the sale of video games, I have come to the conclusion that we are on our own as parents. Forget about any protection for your children from outside the home. The innocence of children is an old fashion idea. The Court and video game industry believes children should be exposed to explicit violence, sex & racism. The Supreme Court says violent video games do not do any harm to children. What about the I.U. neurological research that shows brain damage? Our children should be allowed to see and interact with the raping of girls? They should be allowed to play in sexually explicit scenes? They should be allowed to participate in vicious, racist attacks? It is there right after all! (According to the Supreme Court) All of this soon to be in 3-D so it is even more real! Are these the ideas we want children to experience? And finally, what stops an 8/9/10 year old boy/girl from renting and buying these violent/sex/racist video games?
I have been thinking about the ruling of the Supreme Court regarding the California law about video game sales and it has me very confused on what they consider an infringement of the First Amendment. A child cannot be sold a ticket to a violent “R” rated movie, however they can buy a video game that allows them to light people on fire, and commit heinous crimes against innocent victims. A minor cannot be sold any pornagraphic material, however, they can buy a video game that allows them to view naked women, rape a prositute, and view other degrading material. The FCC regulates television and radio during the day so that certain words cannot be used, certain gestures cannot be seen, and yet children can buy video games that allow them to say, hear and participate in any one of these actions anytime they choose! I don’t see the difference!
Today the Supreme Court ruled against banning the purchase of video games to kids under the age of 18. I believe it is an outrage that there is no one helping parents today in what seems to be a battle for doing what is right. I think that parents need to do their part in raising their children, however, it would be nice if our government officials would help us in regulating the amount of needless violence and filth that is able to be sold to minors! As parents we can’t be everywhere at all times, so it would be nice to have some support!
Is Summer becoming a media frenzy at your house as well? I feel as though coming up with new and exciting activities for my kids to do is becoming harder and harder, and that the Wii, television shows, and movies are becoming more prevalent as the summer goes on. So because of this I have come up with a list of ideas that we are going to try and check off by the end of the summer. We have come up with a list of things that both the kids have helped with as well as a few things that I would like to challenge them with by the time they go back to school.
My list of family summer ideas will hopefully serve as an inspiration for others of you that are struggling to find “creative” ways to spend your time this summer.
When is an appropriate age for cell phone ownership? I feel as though when I am out in public that the kids running around texting and using cell phones is getting younger and younger. I am afraid that my six year old is going to be asking for one at her next birthday. All kidding aside, there is more here than just status image or responsible cell phone usage. Cell phones give kids a way to communicate with one another that is completely unedited.. There are many different issues with basic cell phones, however, now that cell phones can access the web there are a variety of new problems that arise with their ownership as well as their usage.
A few problems that I have come across with parents, educators and other minors are;
- Bullying via texting as well as other online avenues, i.e Facebook.
- Gaming Addictions
- Texting While Driving
- Texting Addiction
It is hard for parents to be able to monitor who their children are talking to, and what is being said, because even the most diligent parents can’t access deleted texts, and can’t monitor communication via the phone.
Dr. Claire McCarthy a primary care physician at the Children’s Hospital Boston, recently ran into the cell phone issue with her 10-year-old, complete with itemized notes, explaining the reasons whey she should be given a cell phone. As Dr. McCarthy states in her blog, and we have posted here at the MVRC, a 2009 Kaiser Family Foundation report says 31 percent of 8-10 year olds have cell phones.
Some of the issues I raised above were on the doctor’s mind, as she and her husband considered the request. In addition to the above, they correctly considered an early exposure to the low-level radiation from a cell phones. As well, the real driver behind their daughter’s motivation, fitting in with what is considered “cool”. In the end, they decided against giving their 10 year old a cell phone.
Do any other parents have stories to share, and how they’ve considered this 21st Century parenting dilemma? We’d love to hear from you.
My whole life I have lived in areas where Primetime Television started at 8:00 p.m. I have now moved to an area where it starts at 7:00 p.m. I have two small children so this is a real problem. The television cannot even be turned on around 8:00 p.m. due to the violence, sexual content, language and plot material contained in the shows that air at this time. What are the solutions for families that live in the areas where local channels air shows that have explicit material so early in the evening?
My husband and I always like to know what is contained in each and every movie before we take our two children to go see it. I vividly remember going to see Forest Gump with my parents and it was awkward and uncomfortable to hear the sex scenes, and to see the naked scenes with my parents. That movie might be okay for some families, but it was not okay for OUR family. Because of that, I always like to check to see what sex scenes I will encounter, what drug and alcohol use are represented, what kind of language is used and what are the specific types of violence my children will be subjected to while watching a particular movie. If you are wondering these same things for you and your family, please go to: www.moviereports.org
This has been a great find, and I hope you all love it as much as I do. The added benefit is that it also has older movies on there that are being released to DVD in case you missed them in the movie theater! Happy Viewing!
I think it’s funny that whenever you talk to someone about video games they immediately refer to Mario Brothers, and the sports games. These are definitely very popular games, however as the video game industry has evolved, there are far more types available.
When talking about games we should talk about all of the games, and exactly what is contained in each and every game. (For ideas of new games see our videogame reviews page) I have talked to parents that have no idea that many of the games their kids own contain scenes of pornography, killing, bludgeoning, degrading women and minorities, bullying, and raping.
Let’s also remember these are not specially ordered games off the internet, these are contained in your ordinary games off the shelf. People act as though every child owns a $200-$300 gaming console to play their one Mario game, and their favorite sports game. In some homes this may be the case, but in many more parents would never spend that kind of money to play only 2 or 3 games. So the variety extends beyond those benign types of games, and into the graphically violent games, including explicit images most parents would guard children from if they were movies or television.
As parents we’re familiar with the games that we grew up with, and don’t always understand that today’s games contain material that is not only inappropriate for their children, but extreme and, in my view, completely unnecessary for the entertainment value of the game. Why does a racing game allow the driver to pull over and pick up a prostitute and then rape her. Where do we draw the line as the consumer? As parents, where do we draw the line with our kids? I’d be interested to hear from parents that face these issues.
One of the differences of video games of the past versus video games of today is the realistic graphics that they use. It is amazing what a big screen television and a modern day gaming system can produce. When you are beating someone with a baseball bat, or raping an innocent woman, it is not a stick figure, it is very realistic. Since we have such great technology we can see some wonderful things, but we can also see what kind of destructive qualities it can bring as well.
The gaming industry has provided us with positive entertainment in many forms, one of them being sports games. Kids as well as adults can feel as though they are playing on the big screen, which can leave a child feeling successful and positive, despite their true athletic ability.
However, the gaming industry can’t just leave it at that, they have to include a secret code that would allow the player to watch a strip show by the cheerleaders. With the realistic graphics of today, it’s an all too realistic temptation for adolescents, and further increases the objectification of women within video games.