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GTA5 Is Not For Children.

Its been discussed time and time again, yet parents still think its okay to let there children play GTA5. A game that has been rated 18+

Some might wonder why it matters? Its only a game, right? Yes, it is. However it has that rating for a reason.

Children are just that, children. They are impressionable and always learning, the never miss a thing and they take in every little ounce of life.

I am not against the game if its played by the right person, who is the right age. In-fact I love games, although this one is not one I personally would play, there is just so much going on that I simply couldn’t keep up.

See, it takes concentration. It works every part of the mind and requires the person who plays it to follow the story, much like a film. So letting someone as young as 5 play this game, is just not responsible…

This is me and Pop’s learning her words…

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And here is me showing Pop’s how we must be kind to the puppies and all animals…

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We teach our children everything. From how to sleep and eat, to reading and treating other people or animals in the right way.

I intend to do what I can to keep my children as children for as long as I can, so I struggle to see why there are so many parents out there letting there children play games like these?

Hubby told me about a young boy who was 8. He hung himself after being bullied. Personally, when I was 8 I knew nothing about suicide or how to go about it, and I cannot for life of me see how someone so young came about this?

We really have to remember children learn from doing, they sometimes struggle to separate real life from play, which is why games like these, should be kept for adults.

They should also be kept out of the eye line of children in toy shops…

It sends out the wrong image. A catalogue for games with adult ratings would suffice.

Personally, I would not like my child to think its okay going around beating up prostitutes and belittling women. Or that stealing and taking drugs is ‘normal’ This game gives a frightening view on life and thanks to amazing computer imagery, it looks so very real. 

Now, if you are a parent and you let your underage child play these games and think nothing of it, watch these videos and them tell me its okay…

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9 comments

  1. Misty - October 13, 2013 7:15 pm

    I agree, I wouldn’t let a child play it either. My OH’s nephew who is 8 plays it, along with Black Ops, and I want to shake my SIL’s head! The game is far too violent and sexually themed for children, it is our job as the parents to protect them from that!

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  2. Jo Bryan - October 13, 2013 7:57 pm

    Oh I am so with you on this. I fought to keep my house GTA free and (apparently) the strictest parent ever. I said the age limit was 55 and then I would consider it. I succesfully got to the 18+ age and now begrudgingly it is played but also thankfully it seems that it was the forbidden fruit that actually ‘is not all that!’

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  3. suzanne - October 14, 2013 10:42 am

    ABsolutely agree with you Chelsea. I think one of the reasons why parents allow this to go on is that they’re too cowardly and lazy to do anything about it – wow that sounds harsh! But seriously, surely it’s up to us to act as ‘gatekeeper’ for our children, certainly until they are old enough to make responsible decisions for themselves. That is not 5 years of age, or indeed 12 years of age. Parents just give in to easily in my opinion. And yes, a child’s imagination is far too vivid at this tender age to separate imagination from reality. Just wrong. *steps off soap box*. Sorry for the rant!

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    • Mummy - October 15, 2013 4:58 pm

      I totally agree with you, I am sick of seeing parents just roll over with these games. It is not okay! :) x

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  4. Karen Marquick - October 14, 2013 11:13 pm

    I saw a tweet about this the other day, GTA in a toy shop. Whilst I agree whole heartedly the game is not for children, it is a parents responsibility to police that fact with their child.

    Alcohol is not for children, cigarettes are not for children, pornograohy is not for children. They are all sold in supermarkets accessed by children.

    Besides if you go into a shop like Game there are 18+ games throughout. Parents just need to say no.

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  5. Tory - October 15, 2013 12:56 pm

    I couldn’t agree more. Childhood is fleeting, we should cherish it and make sure it is just that, a childhood. No room is my child’s world for games like this. X

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  6. Slummy single mummy - October 18, 2013 10:05 am

    TOTALLY agree with you on this one. It has the rating for a reason!!! I absolutely don’t buy into the idea that playing violent video games doesn’t make a child more violent. How can it not??

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  7. Katherine De Riera - December 23, 2013 1:22 pm

    Oh gosh! I never saw these games before, but these videos are shocking! How could any responsible parent think its ok to let a child play games like these! Absolutely sickening!!! I wouldn’t even want adults in my house to play this! No wonder there are so many messed up people in the world!!!

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  8. Paul Williams - January 4, 2014 7:10 pm

    I’ve played GTA since it first came out in the late 90s when I was 15. Have played all subsequent games too. Never committed a crime, or felt the need for violence. I realise that it has become more realistic, and certainly isn’t something to be taken lightly. Obviously the age rating is there for a reason, but I understand why some parents allow their teenagers to play these games. A recent study also found that games not only don’t cause people to be violent, but actually help children with hand/eye coordination. Personally I find tv and film much more shocking, and easier for children to access thanks to the Internet.

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