Originally Posted by Sainix
Parents need to stop worrying so much about trying to keep this away from there kids they go to school they will see or hear about it no matter how much you earmuff them.
Disagree. There is a HUGE difference between a parent condoning something and a parent understanding that regardless of their disapproval of something, their child will still likely encounter it.
If you as a parent clearly disapprove of something, you are setting limits and allowing your child to understand what you feel is acceptable and unacceptable... what is safe and what is potentially harmful.
Just because I know my kids will hear swearing on the school bus doesn't mean I let them swear at home. What you teach your children while they are young (if you teach it and LIVE it yourself) becomes interalized as part of their own worldview, part of what they understand as positive and negative, good and bad.
It matters. The PROBLEM is that parents already care too little, or they care but demonstrate their concern in inappropriate, ineffective ways.
Sidenote: there have been numerous studies done on what is called in Research-Land the "forbidden fruit effect". To dumb-down the methodology and make it typable for me...Rap CD's were studied where the exact same CD's were shown to two different groups of kids that were demographically matched through random assignment. One group was asked to rate their desire to buy/listen to a CD (which happened to have a "parental advisory" sticker on it. The second group was asked the same question about the exact same CD, but this one had the parental advisory sticker removed. The results demonstrated that CD's with a parental advisory sticker are more desirable to young people.
A videogame warning would likely have a similar effect, making kids want to play them even more. Whatever that actually means, its just funny and ironic that a warning like this would likely cause more parents to buy the game for their kids, because their kids will cry harder for it... and we all know how good parents are at saying no to the temper tantrum.....
Sorry for the long posts... I'm just passionate (and somewhat knowledgeable) about the topic...