Recently the Nantwich Education Partnership sent letters to parent of children attending their schools that states they will be calling UK law enforcement on any parents that they find are allowing their children to play 18+ rated games. They compare Grand Theft Auto with titles like Call of Duty and Gears of War stating these titles make children “vulnerable to grooming for sexual exploitation or extreme violence” despite their being no evidence of such a thing actually happening.
In fact in 2011 the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a California law seeking to regulate the sale and rental of video games, stating :
"Psychological studies purporting to show a connection between exposure to violent video games and harmful effects on children do not prove that such exposure causes minors to act aggressively."
The letter from Nantwich Education Partnership goes on to stat: “If your child is allowed to have inappropriate access to any game, or associated product, that is designated 18+ we are advised to contact the police and children’s social care as this is deemed neglectful.”
One has to ask themselves, "Is this to far?" as it seems these individuals that run this UK school district are painfully out of touch with the subject matter and the actual studies done around the world. While it is the responsibility to regulate your child's intake of media, this seems like they are crossing a boundary.
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[Via The Sunday Times]