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It is None of Our Business What Video Games Our Students Play

March 31, 2015

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Here’s the thing. There are teachers and there are parents. A teacher’s responsibility is to teach in a room called a classroom. A parents job is parent.

It is not the job of a teacher to parent children. They may approve or disapprove of a parent’s methods, but unless they are abusing their children in some way, it is not the business of a teacher to report the parent to authorities.

Of course young children should not be playing Grand Theft Auto. But it is completely wrong for teachers to have the authority to report parents whenever they feel the parent has made a bad call:

 

Parents are in danger of being reported to police by their children’s head teachers if they allow them to play video games for over 18s.

A letter sent by a group of schools in Cheshire raised concerns about the ‘levels of violence and sexual content’ young people are being exposed to by playing games such as Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto, which are renowned for their violent characters and have an 18 classification.

It warns that if teachers are made aware their pupils have been playing these video games they will contact police and social services.

The letter, sent by Nantwich Education Partnership, said allowing children to play these type of games on Xboxes and Playstations is deemed ‘neglectful’.

It comes amid fears children could be left more vulnerable to grooming and abuse by being exposed to early sexualised behaviour as well as extreme brutality, often seen in video games in the upper age classifications.

The letter says: ‘Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto, Dogs of War and other similar games, are all inappropriate for children and they should not have access to them. 

Inappropriate for children? I think girly mags, TV sitcoms and many Hollywood movies are inappropriate, but that does not give me the right to impose my views on others. Our system would be so much better if teachers concentrated on teaching and worked with the parents instead of against them.
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