School Wants to Call the Cops on Parents Who Let Kids Play Violent Video Games

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A group of schools have threatened that they'll call the cops on parents who let their kids play violent video games. Nantwich Education Partnership -- which is in charge of 15 primary schools and one middle school in Cheshire, England -- sent out this warning after learning that some of their students had been playing computer games rated for kids over 18, including Grand Theft Auto, Gears of War and Call of Duty

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Mary Hennessy Jones, the person who'd drafted the letter, claims she's just helping parents keep their kids safe, explaining, "It is so easy for children to end up in the wrong place and parents find it helpful to have very clear guidelines."

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Er, helpful? Don't know if parents will agree with that. I'm all for schools making recommendations, and I certainly wouldn't let my daughter play these kinds of games. But I don't believe parents should be arrested for it, either!

Sorry, but I really don't need schools to tell me what's right and wrong for my child. Plus what's next: Are they gong to start dictating what movies are right for my kids too? Is The Hobbit too violent for a 10 year old ... and will that land mom in jail?

These schools need a lesson about how "help" is rarely appreciated when it comes as a threat. Please, leave the cops out of this, and give parents a little more credit to decide what's best for their kids.

How do you feel about your kids playing violent video games?

 

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