I'm quite strict when it comes to the apps and games the Mini Mes play. I get a notification every time they download something to their Kindle Fire HDs but they know to ask beforehand and I have a thorough look at exactly what it is they wish to play. I don't want them to be subjected to anything inappropriate, mainly to prevent nightmares at their age, and it can be hard for a child to distinguish the difference between reality and the virtual world at times, especially when graphics today are far more advanced than when I was a child. You can never be certain of the long term effects adult themed games can have on young minds either so I'd rather be safe than sorry.
My Voucher Codes recently sent me a survey on gaming habits, as part of their research into how social media and technology impacts our lives, and the results were quite shocking to read in Digital Connect Magazine. As many as 30% of UK parents purchase adult games for their children, with 35% not even playing them beforehand to see if they are suitable. These games often include violence, drugs and sex similar to the games listed below and I would definitely not let the Mini Mes watch or play things that are aimed at those aged 18 and over - however much they may protest in the future.
Age restrictions are in place for a valid reason, surely?
50% of parents felt that peer pressure was a major factor when it came to children wanting to play adult themed games and 70% were concerned that their children may have access at a friend's house. I, like 23% of those questioned, would not allow my little ones to go to someone's home if they I knew they were going to be playing adult themed games and if I felt they might I would have no issues discussing it with the parents. Although children may feel it is 'so unfair' and tell you that 'all of their friend's do' it is our responsibility to protect them from things that are not aimed at them and I will continue to do so.
Mark Pearson founder of My Voucher Codes said:
“We found the results of our research interesting, the fact that 30% of parents will let their children play adult video games is disturbing, especially without researching them or playing them themselves first to see if they are suitable. We do understand that it can be hard to say no, especially with peer pressure children are under. But age ratings are set for a reason.”
“....Parents are rightly concerned over the effects of adult video games on their children who play them and their children’s friends. Not just the games themselves, but also now the social aspects of playing these games online. It’s important for parents to be fully aware of what games their children can play and the effect it can have on them.”
What are your thoughts on children playing adult themed games?
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