During the Association of Teachers and Lecturers annual conferance, a group of educators has requested for improved legislation over video games, saying that their effects on children are far reaching. They describe how many come in exhausted from playing games until the early morning, others simulate car crashes and injuries based on games they had played and that extensive play increases the risk of tendonitis.
Are any of these outcomes something for law makers to consider though? Or parents?
“We all expect to see rough and tumble, but I have seen little ones acting out quite graphic scenes in the playground and there is a lot more hitting, hurting and thumping in the classroom for no particular reason,” said Alison Sherratt, a teacher at St Mary’s Church of England school in Keighley when discussing her own children. Perhaps she shouldn’t allow her kids to play such violent games? It being her responsibility and all.
Mary Bousted, the general secretary of the conferance said that “The watershed tends to work quite well, but with online TV and video children and young people are probably watching inappropriate content over a range of media.” She also said that “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,” with regards to age warnings on games and the effects of not supervising children during gaming.