The fact that governments the world round love to trot out violent video games as the cause of kids gone bad is one thing; but in New Zealand you could get jail time for buying you kid that violent video games. Bill Hastings the country’s Chief Censor believes that parents caught buying games like Grand Theft Auto for their kids should be punished with three months jail time or a fine of up to $10,000.
They might think the offence is silly, but it ain’t… That’s what the law says, but… you’re not going to have police officers in every bedroom… There would certainly be some shock value to prosecuting a parent who gives their under-18 child access to a restricted game. It would send out a message that the enforcement agency means business.
I think the word ‘game’ can mislead people for sure. It’s not checkers. For the first time in history, kids are more savvy with technology than parents… parents need to get up to speed on the digital divide. They need to look at what their kids are playing and doing…
It should be the pleasure in being able to sleep at night knowing that you have done the right thing by your kids. That should be the motivating factor.
Ya .. that’s gonna work really well.