Kids Playing 18-Rated Games? Neglect, Apparently

Kids Playing 18-Rated Games? Neglect, Apparently

I've censored the above in case any under-18s from Cheshire are reading this. If you're under 18 and play GTA, Gears of War or Call of Duty in Cheshire, you might want to think again before loading it up next time.

That is, at least, if the Nantwich Education Partnership gets its way - the group, comprised of 15 primary schools and one secondary academy has released a letter, penned by headteachers, warning parents against allowing underage access to games like these.

Part of the letter read: "If your child is allowed to have inappropriate access to any game or associated product that is designated 18+, we are advised to contact the police and children's social care as this is deemed neglectful."

No, you didn't read that wrong - the police and social services will be contacted, and the group deems parents allowing this as 'neglectful'.

My own parents were somewhat slack when it came to moderation of what I played (some are less slack). As long as we didn't start acting up in everyday life, it didn't matter much what we played. Is that neglect? I wouldn't have thought so.

Then again, modern gaming is a very different beast - and it's not just the content of the games themselves: there's a lot of interacting directly with other players. I say 'interacting', I mean 'swearing and threats of sexual violence'.

All the same - social services? Neglect? Taking parenting away from the parents? It seems a bit of a step further than you'd expect.

Elaine Halligan of the Parent Practice said: "I absolutely get why they are doing it — it's because children do need to be protected from technology. But to get the social services involved is an absolute disaster, because it starts telling parents that we don't trust you to be responsible for your children."

What do you think?

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    No, you didn’t read that wrong – the police and social services will be contacted, and the group deems parents allowing this as ‘neglectful’.

    A passive form of abuse in which a perpetrator is responsible to provide care for a victim who is unable to care for himself or herself, but fails to provide adequate care.

    Neglect may include the failure to provide sufficient supervision, nourishment, or medical care, or the failure to fulfil other needs for which the victim cannot provide themselves.

    So technically it is Neglect.

    Punishing ignorant parents that give their kids inappropriate games is a more appealing solution to me than punishing everyone by banning the games. It is neglect, I see nothing wrong with it.

    Last edited 31/03/15 8:54 pm

    Giving restricted material to a minor is so obviously illegal, especially to primary school aged children.

    I thought it was high school kids, but yeah primary school shouldn't play 18+. When I was in primary the highest I played was 15/16

    I have to be honest here i am for the idea of bringing parents to task for letting underage kids play games like GTA 5 etc. Not to the point of having the kids taken away though. Social services does more to mess up kids than most run of the mill parents ever could. I think parents caught buying copies of these games for their kids should be fined and sent to a education program.

    I see it time and time again as a long time gamer. Dead beat parents sit there and say "oh these games can't hurt my kids development in any way". Then you set up a secret camera watching a 11 year old boy swearing to high heaven and chucking temper tantrums. The filthy mouths on some of these young gamers boggles the mind and you know where it came from.

    Everything we despise in our society more often than not can be linked to poor parenting and games/media glorifying it. You give kids everything they want and they turn out self entitled little brats. How many people like that drag gaming down today? Then there is the womanising culture, obsession with rape and sex, no respect for your fellow man etc.

    It is the rest of us that have to put up with these little shits of children because of poor parenting. The quality of the gaming community has really gone to the dogs. Everyone seems to take pleasure in being nasty to each other. It all starts in these early years. The way i see it is the less these kids are exposed to the refuse of society coupled with good strong parenting the better they will turn out as an adult. Society doesn't need any more self entitled asses taking pleasure in the suffering of others.

    Im 15 and i play fallot , witcher , last of us , call of duty and also games that are for +16 and i dont care if the game is 18 or not lol if its a good game ill buy it. NO ONE CARES if the game is +18 or even +20 lol , well if like a 10 years old child plays fallot or last of us i think its okay to call the police, but when ur 15 i think its okay to play games like this like myself. I even drink alcohol ( only when im with friends at parties ) and smoke and i dont care about age.

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