Parents urged to check video games for violence

July 19, 2011 - 0:0

With the video-game market flooded with more violent and graphic games, it can be a constant struggle for parents to monitor and limit their children's video-gaming.

And a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling doesn't help parents.
The 7-2 ruling struck down California's 2005 law that would have prevented the sale or rental to those younger than 18 of games giving players the option of ""killing, maiming and dismembering."" The majority opinion said such limits violated First Amendment rights.
So, parents, it's up to you to combat the influences of the $18 billion video-gaming industry.
With so many video and computer games easily accessible, that monitoring role isn't easy. It's not just a matter of saying ""no"" either, say psychologists, although that's a key word in your arsenal of tools.
Some parents who shun government involvement in such matters welcomed the ruling, even while loathing violent video games.
""It's a parent's responsibility to teach them what they should watch and use,"" said Ruth Forster, 45, Avon. Her daughter, Ellie, 13, doesn't like to play video games now, but Forster monitors her daughter's movies and books.
""Parents need to see how (children) react to a video and how it affects them,"" she advised. ""There are other video games out there you can steer them to. Hopefully, if you instilled enough good things in them, they'll do the right thing.""