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Teachers Call For "Stringent Legislation" To Counter-Act Negative Effects Of Violent Games On Children

Matt Gardner
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Teachers Call For "Stringent Legislation" To Counter-Act Negative Effects Of Violent Games On Children

Teachers have been warned of a growing tendency amongst young children, to act out "violent scenes from adult computer games in the playground".

According to the Guardian, "pupils as young as four and five are simulating car crashes and graphic injuries as a result of playing games unsupervised in their bedrooms", a assembled meeting of education workers was told at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) annual conference.

A motion at the conference called for government ministers to introduce "stringent legislation" to counter the "negative effects some computer games are having on the very young".

"We all expect to see rough and tumble, but I have seen little ones acting out quite graphic scenes in the playground and there is a lot more hitting, hurting and thumping in the classroom for no particular reason," said Alison Sherratt, a teacher at Riddlesden St Mary's Church of England primary school in Keighley, West Yorkshire.

"Obesity, social exclusion, loneliness, physical fitness, sedentary solitary lives – these are all descriptions of children who are already hooked to games," she continued. "Sadly there is a notable correlation between the children who admit to playing games and those who come to school really tired.

Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, pointed towards the role of parents in allowing their children access to restricted material, with a number of teachers worried that parents were ignoring age restrictions.

"The watershed tends to work quite well, but with online TV and video children and young people are probably watching inappropriate content over a range of media," she said.

"It's about reminding parents and carers that they have a very real responsibility for their children and that schools can't do it alone."

Amen to that.

Add a comment5 comments
Repo  Apr. 4, 2012 at 13:08

It all comes down to parenting. Not the games, the police, society or anything else the bleeding heart liberalists try to blame.

I live near a primary school. I regularly hear parents of under 11's tell their kids to "get a ****ing move on". Having the 17th most burgled postcode in the UK is hardly a coincidence.

Last edited by Repo, Apr. 4, 2012 at 13:09
deanthomasclarke  Apr. 4, 2012 at 13:46

At least they are blaming the right people, we have age ratings for a reason and parents should know what content their children are mature enough to see and purchase accordingly.

Quietus  Apr. 4, 2012 at 14:02

Ridiculous. Let's get more legislation passed to tackle a non-existent problem.

I'd say there are tonnes more children out there being ruined by scummy parents than games could ever hope to affect, yet they don't tackle them.

DivideByZero  Apr. 4, 2012 at 14:21

Yeah, I was in Gamestation just before it closed and a kid was begging his dad for an 18 game... you could tell it was just a matter of time till that kid would be cutting peoples throats open online.

Games, films and even music have ratings and guidance for a reason. Any parent found ignoring this should be punished.

I remember when Batman came out at the cinema, it was the first Cert 12 and I could and did go to see it. It was amazing... but i couldn't rent the VHS a year later as cert 12 didn't come to VHS, so it was a 15. I was gutted, but you get over it fairly quickly.

Last edited by DivideByZero, Apr. 4, 2012 at 14:22
Korma  Apr. 4, 2012 at 15:15

Kids simulating car crashes in the playground? We used to have to use realistic miniature cars in the days before videogames.

Shooters too. Cap guns were fine, kids would drop down dead even with finger guns though. The only guns you'd have taken off you were water pistols if you abused them too much.

A ring, a ring o' roses,
A pocket full o’posies-
Atishoo atishoo we all fall down.

Light-hearted songs about the Black Death as well (at the time it was believed to be so).

Despite all that my generation seems to have gotten quite well educated too. Except when it comes to bringing up their kids.

Last edited by Korma, Apr. 4, 2012 at 15:16


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