My son loves hanging with his dad. He loves sports, throwing a ball around , fishing and doing various other father/son activities. One of him and my husbands favorite past times is of course …video games!
Honestly I can’t say I have ever worried about him playing games because I just never thought about it. I was so used to him and his dad playing that I truly wasn’t concerned, that was until I walked into our den one day and saw that my husband and my eight year old were playing “Call Of Duty”.
For those not familiar with COD it is a military special ops themed game with a lot of shooting. Of course I was somewhat pissed at my husband because the responsible mother in me did not want my son playing a game that depicted a combat zone and screamed war. In other words I didn’t want him playing anything that had him shooting people or putting a permanent connection in his head to a place his dad might have to go if he ever had to deploy again.
I was pretty annoyed and proceeded to ask my husband “why he thought it was okay for our little guy to play Call of Duty”? “I mean damn what happened to Mario Brothers or something” I said.
My husband then said:
” this game isn’t really all that bad when the child is supervised and the adult takes the time to explain the difference between fantasy and reality”.
After I thought about it I realized he had a point. I was never one of those parents to ban my kids from watching TV or keep them away from technology. Like anything else I always explained to them the importance of understanding right from wrong and fiction verses nonfiction.
I know there are people who are against any sort of [violent]videos games because they think they promote violence. While discussing this with my husband in casual conversation a few days ago he proceeded to tell me that video games like “COD” can actually promote gun safety and when kids are properly supervised while playing these types of games, parents can take the time to explain to their children that guns indeed are dangerous and not to be taken lightly.
My son is a good kid, honor roll student and the most compassionate little guy I know. For us personally we would rather be the ones to introduce him to this type of themed game verses at another person’s home where we have no control on how it is being perceived or explained to our child.
As a service member for 13+ years my husband has always been very open and honest with our children about life in general. So I should have expected our initial views on this video game situation to be different at first, but I can safely say we have come to a true understanding on something that is such a serious issue these days.
Do you let your children play war themed or violent video games?
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