Should I be concerned that my 8 year old is playing War games and Violent games on FREE apps on his new android 'tablet'!!!???
I say YES.
I remember as a kid my mother censoring everything we looked at and played. I remember not being able to watch scary movies till I was a teenager. I remember not having such EASY exposure to shows and games that filled the eyes and mind with violence such as .... chopping Vampires and killing Zombies!!! A fall person jumping off the top of a tall building and spilling blood every time he hits something on the way down!!! A tip of a shooting riffle aiming at a zebra as you try to kill it with one SHOT!!!
I knew when getting this 'tablet' that I had to monitor the apps he downloads, but when you really check to see how much violent apps there are out there you understand why so many teenagers and younger kids are susceptible to violent and inconsiderate acts.
It saddened my heart when I heard of the little innocent kids who were gunned down in the US by a teenager, and you wonder if these games had some influence in his unbalanced mind?? It bothers me that although I am explaining to my son my discomfort in him playing violent games, he tries to defend it. This is simply shows how innocent he really is to what he is seeing and it shows how important it is for me to protect that innocence.
In the end my final responses were, "Dylan you are 8 years old and you do not need that kind of violent exposure right now."
"I do not need these games to influence you thoughts and your actions when you are angry, or sad, or feeling misunderstood."
"I want you to make the right decisions and that includes picking the right games to play."
But it does bother me how easily he had access to the apps... and while I plan on taking an active role in monitoring what my son plays... I hope other parents are just as concerned and make the effort to check what their kids are playing.
In the end it is their innocent minds that we are helping form. Even in this changing world it is important to teach the values you want them to practice throughout their lives. And since everything they are exposed to play a vital role in this development... then the games they play do matter.