D'Arcy from Winnipeg
Solution Architecture, Business & Entrepreneurship, Microsoft, and Adoption

Parenting Handbook Required

Monday, November 21, 2005 7:26 AM

I remember when I was younger, there was a huge backlash on Dungeons and Dragons, Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica...all because parents blamed these influences on behaviour exhibited by some youth; suicide, violent behavior, mischief, whatever. There was always some media that could  be blamed.

Apparantly the latest target is Blizzard's World of Warcraft.

This article suggests that a 13 year old boy jumped to his death because he was re-inacting a scene from the game. The parents are now going to sue Blizzard because the game apparantly sprouted legs and pushed the kid from the lofty heights.

SERIOUSLY, when will parents understand that the responsibility of their children, which includes what they watch, what they listen to, who they hang out with, what they do in their spare time, and what games tehy play, is THEIR responsibility! My dad was very vocal with me that “he was responsible for me until I was 18”. Pain in the butt back then, sure. But he was taking his role of parent seriously.

A friend of mine told me about how one of her son's friends (10-11 yrs old) is allowed to play any game he wans, rated M or otherwise. The mother apparantly doesn't see any issue with letting her son play games with language, violence, or $3xual themes, which all could constitute an M rated game. I went to a movie a while ago, and in front of me in line was a mother and her son (9 - 11 yrs old) who were trying to buy tickets to “Jason Goes to H3ll“. The girl at the ticket booth had to explain to the mother that the movie was rated R and the child couldn't go in. HELLO! Who in their right mind takes their kids to “INSERT-NAME-HERE goes to H3ll“?!

Parents should parent. They alone are responsible for the upbringing of their children and no one else. All these lawsuits are just frivilous attempts to eitehr garner money or to try and push blame away from themselves and on to a third party, because its always easier to say the devil made you do it.

Now, this is supposed to be a technical blog, so here's my tech piece for today: I get my XBox 360 tomorrow! w00t!


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