We’re not going to point fingers but there are those who would attempt to protect children by banning violent video games. Is that the best way?
Not according to Kansas State University professor Charles Smith. He says, and you may want to sit down for this radical concept, that good parenting is a far better method than banning violent games.
I know, right?
"There is a mass hysteria about violence and video games, but it's the context and type of video game, and more importantly, it's the type of child,” said Smith, a professor of family studies and human services and parenting expert.
“Parents need to be aware and educated about the video games they are allowing their children to play. With a good parent-child relationship, most children can play a video game and will not become violent because of it. A child without a connected parent relationship -- one who doesn't have respect for their parents and plays a violent video game over a certain length of time -- would worry me, but banning video games completely isn't the right answer either."
Smith warns that banning a game could be counterproductive as it may simply make the title more attractive to children.
Still, while Smith says that violence in children’s media is not necessarily a bad thing, he is concerned with the ever improving technology driving violent games.
"The realism in video games is changing constantly because of technology. This causes more realistic violence, and video games are becoming more and more immersive in terms of their nature."
Source: Kansas State University
-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen