The head of Britain's Association of Teachers and Lecturers thinks parents are doing a crappy job by ignoring game ratings and letting their children play violent video games. They are pulling the proverbial fire alarm, in this BBC report like a teenager might do a one-off prank to send the principal into a tizzy fit (thanks beemoh).
ATL head Dr. Mary Bousted is leading the charge on the fuax crisis facing England's youth, believing that they know better than parents what they should and should not consume at home. Members of the union will debate a resolution calling for tougher legislation against violent video games at their annual conference in Manchester next week.
Dr. Bousted call these games were "very violent" and believes they could have an effect on the "tender young minds of children and young people". She added that parents are ignoring the ratings restrictions on video games, and that these ratings are hard to enforce.
"Of course, they're extremely difficult to enforce, just like films, like TV," she tells reporters.
"It's about reminding parents and carers that they have a very real responsibility for their children and that schools can't do it alone. It takes the very serious and labour-intensive business of proper care and attention of young children before they go to school and while at school to allow them to learn most effectively."
"If they're up to 12 or one o'clock playing computer games, and coming to school exhausted, not interacting with other children, that's not good preparation for school, and not good preparation for life," she added. "The fact that children spend hours locked in their rooms playing computer games, which means they're not interacting, they're not playing and not taking exercise."
Of course one could argue that it is none of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers’ business in the first place because parents are in charge of their children. As the people who brought them into this world, they have the right to decide if they can watch Doctor Who (on BBC) or play Grand Theft Auto. Perhaps the Association of Teachers and Lecturers should concern themselves with finding better ways to teach children more science, technology, and math so they can be better prepared for the future.