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Act of love more offensive than severed human heads, reports poll

Believe it or not, the choice between taking life or creating life is one that is very unclear to parents. In a poll on parent-oriented gaming site What They Play, respondents were asked to pick from a choice of four what they found the most offensive in a video game.

The four choices offered were: a graphically severed human head; a man and a woman having sex; multiple use of the F-word; or two men kissing.

Perhaps as a strange demonstration of social values, those who voted in the poll reported that sexual matters of any sort were more offensive than explicit violence or profanity. The leading pick as the most offensive act in video game was “a man and woman having sex” at 37 percent. Off second place with 27 percent was “two men kissing.”

Next in second last place with 26 percent was the anti-violence answer of “a graphically severed human head.” In a distant fourth was “multiple use of the F-word.”

Informed parents are the best defence against exposure of inappropriate material to children, though it appears that many are more concerned about sexual matters than graphic violence.

Susan Arendt of Game|Life shared the story of an encounter she once had in a game store: “A woman was trying to buy her 12-year old daughter some games for Christmas, and overhearing me talking about games, asked me for advice. She picked up one of the Resident Evils and asked me if it was any good. I told her that it was an excellent game, but quite violent and scary. ‘Oh, that's no problem,’ she replied. ‘But there's no, you know, people having relations in it, is there?’



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RE: A Very Unfortunate Predicament
By masher2 (blog) on 4/12/2008 2:07:44 PM , Rating: 5
> "Hiding sex from your kids is about as smart as hiding the fact that drugs exist"

There's a difference between "hiding the fact that drugs exist", and allowing young children to watch a movie that glorifies the drug culture. It's not just the images that matter, its the context.

> "It's not the "steamy movies" that is going to motivate your kid to have sex and get his girlfriend pregnant, It's his penis."

The point you're missing is that all boys have penises...yet most don't get teenage girls pregnant. You think that's just blind luck? Proper parenting can and does make a difference.

Children from broken homes, low income families, and/or parents that don't properly supervise them are far more likely to have issues with teenage pregnancy, drugs, or the law.

> "I've always subscribed to the idea that kids will want the stuff you try the hardest to make off-limits the most."

Freebase heroin is what I try the hardest to make off-limits to my kids...funny they don't seem to want it the most. And they certainly aren't getting any of it.

> "...and the kids being interviewed laughing that they had done their "porn phase" at 10 or 11"

Your kids, maybe. Not mine.


RE: A Very Unfortunate Predicament
By dever on 4/12/2008 5:13:32 PM , Rating: 5
Asher is 100% on target here.

Has anyone here ever been "turned on" to do something violent from watching a violent movie? I can't imagine that. If so, there are much more basic problems than movies. Such a person is already missing the most basic respect for human life. Normal people, taught proper and healthy respect for human life, seem able to abstract violence in a way that is not similar to watching sexual content.

Also, as a parent I monitor closely and work to put both violence and sex in their proper context.


By FITCamaro on 4/15/2008 3:39:29 PM , Rating: 2
Well said to you and masher. Parenting makes the difference. Without good parents, it doesn't matter what the government or the schools try to do, it will fail.


RE: A Very Unfortunate Predicament
By Sungpooz on 4/12/2008 10:17:34 PM , Rating: 4
quote:
Informed parents are the best defence against exposure of inappropriate material to children, though it appears that many are more concerned about sexual matters than graphic violence. Susan Arendt of Game|Life shared the story of an encounter she once had in a game store: “A woman was trying to buy her 12-year old daughter some games for Christmas, and overhearing me talking about games, asked me for advice. She picked up one of the Resident Evils and asked me if it was any good. I told her that it was an excellent game, but quite violent and scary. ‘Oh, that's no problem,’ she replied. ‘But there's no, you know, people having relations in it, is there?’


At THAT paragraph, the blog entry changes topic.

Sorry to critique this but I see a big flaw in what a reader may think after reading this blog entry.

This parenting site represents the opinions of parents who are defending their children from any exposure to "bad stuff".

You can't connect what the parents think are bad for their kids to what they "personally" believe is more appalling. The reason they find sex "appalling" in a video game is because of its exposure to children, NOT because sex in itself is more appalling than violence. Therefore, this poll should represent what parents would be more appalled to expose their children to, rather than what is actually more appalling to them.

A kid getting a girl pregnant is nowhere near as "appalling" as Columbine.

What am I appalled by the most? Violence and killing Because it's a horrible, evil act, but I wouldn't expect my kids to do the same.

What would I hide from my kids? Sex, because it's something special, natural, yet dangerous if done irresponsibly and is more likely to influence my children.

Again, I apologize to seem to criticize the post but I just saw that blaring fault and had mention it, as a lot of people began to play along with false connection.

It should not generalize American's opinions with the ones regarding parents discussing child-sensitive material.


RE: A Very Unfortunate Predicament
By afkrotch on 4/15/2008 3:03:58 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Your kids, maybe. Not mine.


Unless you're supervising your kids 24/7, they'll get a chance to look at porn.

I agree with the rest of it, but also, like to add peer pressure from friends is far more likely to have major influence over what your children do, than what a game, movie, tv show, etc else can have. I think it can even negate proper parenting.


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