Would You Ever Burn Your Child’s Video Games?

Posted on Jan 10, 2013 by 3 Comments
Would You Ever Burn Your Child’s Video Games?

Did you hear that Southington, Connecticut recently sponsored a violent video game burning party?

They asked people to bring in their games, break them, and throw them in a dumpster to be incinerated. Apparently, this shows “responsible citizenship.”

Personally, I’m not a huge fan of video games. I enjoy playing Just Dance on my Wii and will occasionally play a few racing games with my son, but that’s about the extent of my interest.

My husband, however, is an avid gamer. My son has been exposed to a fairly wide range of games because of this, but we would never let him play something without looking it over first to make sure it’s appropriate for his age and maturity level. We also don’t let him spend four or five hours a day playing games.

Children don’t generally procure video games without the assistance of adults. If you’re not a gamer, it’s your job to at least look up a few Amazon reviews to determine if a title is something you’re comfortable letting your kid play. Don’t mindlessly shell out $50 or $60, then complain when a game isn’t what you expected.

I do think there could very well be a link between violent video games and aggressive behavior if kids are allowed unrestricted access and not given the tools to evaluate what they’re seeing on screen in an objective way. However, the same arguments could be made for books, movies, or websites.

Video games tend to be an easy target to criticize because so many parents don’t understand them and don’t want to take the time to investigate their appeal. It’s much easier to dismiss what you don’t understand than to try to see the situation from another point of view.

What do you think of the idea of burning violent video games? Is this something you’d consider doing?

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Dana Hinders

Dana Hinders lives in Iowa with her husband and son. She has been a freelance writer since shortly after earning her degree in journalism from The University of Iowa in 2003. She writes extensively about parenting, crafts, and creative ways to save money. Visit her at danahinders.com.

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  • http://www.befreebies.com/ BeFreebies.com

    I have young boys who play a lot of video games, and honestly I do not see “aggressive behavior” in my boys. I also play games with them and can’t see how they would make a person aggressive in real life. I suppose it could be different for other children, but my sons see these games as just games. I think burning games is putting blame in the wrong place.

  • Ruby T.

    I think the idea of “burning” anything is silly, whether it is books, movies, games, bras, or effigies. They just highlight an issue but don’t solve anything. The real issue is what does a parent believe is safe for their children and how will they exercise caution and restraint to teach those beliefs?

  • Joquena

    I had the same thought that there’s no difference between books movies and games! I still have young children (my oldest is only 7) but I don’t think you can put your kids in a total bubble. I watch movies and read books with them, and then we talk about anything I don’t agree with. This gives me the chance to teach my values while they are still young and willing to listen to me. Obviously I still look at ratings systems first! http://www.modernhomemakers.com