How Children May Be Affected by M-Rated Video Games
By Tyler R
I think that youth ages 7-10 are being affected by recent M-rated video games. Most of these games have very inappropriate actions such as shooting, drug use, suggestive themes, and other things that children should never see until they are the recommended age. To me, it is not the game creators fault for making the game. I think that the parents who think it is okay to buy these games for their children at ages 7to 10 should take all the blame.
Most games have an online chat feature. This is not only bad for children, but most children repeat some of the stuff they hear or read, thinking it is okay. Games like The Call of Duty series have these online chats and, due to their mature rating, many teens and young adults have conversations inappropriate for children. The Grand Theft Auto series is very inappropriate for children, with actions such as stealing and hijacking cars, the ability to shoot innocent people, and being able to hire prostitutes.
I talked to Katie James, a student at Binghamton High School. (full interview in audio) I also talked to Becki Kimble, mother of six. She says that children should not be a loud to play M-rated video games. She feels that it makes kids more violent. Becki also says that the government could pass a law saying only teens ages 17 or older could play M-rated video games, but it would be very hard to do. She thinks that it is the parents’ fault for buying the M-rated games.
From my experience, children ages 7 to 10 are becoming violent and mean. They seemed to swear at others and threaten some people too, even when someone has just said hello. Children have yelled, “Shut up!” at people when people were not even talking to them.