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Call of Duty computer game...not happy...

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becaroo Wed 05-Jan-11 17:09:53

...went to see my dsis this morning.

Her 2 dc aged 7 and 5 were playing this game.

As I understand its a cert 18 game.

Am pretty appalled at her letting them play it tbh but hey, her house, her rules.

HOWEVER, she has asked ds1 to come for tea after school on monday and I absolutely do not want him playing this game (he is 7)

How do I broach the subject?

I think IABU to object to her kids playing on it tbh but feel its my right to say I dont want my ds1 playing it.


compo Wed 05-Jan-11 17:10:59

I'd tell her I didn't want my child playng it

SandStorm Wed 05-Jan-11 17:12:23

Just tell her. I wouldn't want mine to play it either and they're older than that.

HaveAHappyNewJung Wed 05-Jan-11 17:12:39

Just be upfront. Tell her you don't want him playing it!

Katey1010 Wed 05-Jan-11 17:13:19

This is my personal bugbear. Tell her but also have a conversation with your DS about it, about being appropriate and about not keeping secrets from you.

scurryfunge Wed 05-Jan-11 17:13:42

I relaxed the rules about over 18 games when DS was 14 but 7 and 5!!

I am sure you can tell her that you do not want your child having access to it. You'll have to be frank with her and she would be unreasonable to have it on when your child is there for a couple of hours.

minxthemanx Wed 05-Jan-11 17:17:43

Big bone of contention in this house. DS aged 9 desperately wanted Call of Duty for Christmas "as all his friends have it" (they DO!!) I absolutley refuse to let him have it, and am not happy he plays it at other people's houses. Really feel for you - dig your heels in.

Tiggamog Wed 05-Jan-11 17:21:13

Totally agree, it's an 18 cert for a reason. Have a friend with a 4 yr old that plays! I would let her know how you feel, she's your dsis, so hopefully should respect your point of view.

mayorquimby Wed 05-Jan-11 17:22:13

tell her you don't want your kid playing it....then happy

NotShortImFunSized Wed 05-Jan-11 17:23:49

I'd just tell her straight so there is no confusion, "Thank you for having DS over for tea but could you just make sure he doesn't play Call of Duty as I don't think he is old enough."

NotShortImFunSized Wed 05-Jan-11 17:24:27

Oh and YANBU grin

becaroo Wed 05-Jan-11 17:27:07

hmmm...we dont have the easiest of relationships tbh!! and I dont want to come across all judgy...although of course I am judging my pants off! grin

My youngest nephew has had a ds since he was 3 sad my BIL is a big gamer and has ALL the consoles, ps1,2 and 3, x box, wii, kinect etc....I just dont understand why he cant wait til they are in bed to play, you know?

My ds1 is 7.5 had he has just had a wii and a ds for xmas as I felt I had held out long enough smile

The bit I saw of it was very horrid..lots of guns, shooting etc sad I long again for the days of pac man smile

Lonnie Wed 05-Jan-11 17:27:29

Be upright about it I had a go at dh for playing it around ds whom was 9 and he is now a lot more careful.

you dont need to getinto anything big and heavy simply say to her that you feel this way and also tell your ds he may not play it. Explain why (it is a 18 you dont feel it is suitable) and he will likely accept it no issue.

gorionine Wed 05-Jan-11 17:31:33

Just tell her. It is not as if your child was 17 1/2 and you insisted on him waiting 6 month! The game is an 18 game and your son is 7 it is not being judgy, it is being reasonable.

NigellaPleaseComeDineWithMe Wed 05-Jan-11 17:38:21

It's all just guns and shooting - DS2 has asked for it for his b'day (14) - he won't be getting it....

lazarusinNazareth Wed 05-Jan-11 17:52:41

Ds has a friend (7) who has this and when he goes for tea there I told his mum that I didn't want him to play it. If she'd got annoyed by that request I wouldn't have let him go.

Adversecamber Wed 05-Jan-11 18:19:46

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

becaroo Thu 06-Jan-11 10:37:41

thanks for the advice...will have a word with her tomorrow...or should I text???

JamieLeeCurtis Thu 06-Jan-11 10:38:59

Don't text. I think that if a hard conversation has to happen then it has to happen face-to-face

Chil1234 Thu 06-Jan-11 10:40:12

Be assertive. Who's supposed to stick up for your child if you don't? Texting far too cowardly....

FabbyChic Thu 06-Jan-11 10:41:07

It's a shooting game, it won't kill him or cause him unnecessary harm.

It is only a game, not real life.

My son plays it it is not gory, no horror just a shooting game.

JamieLeeCurtis Thu 06-Jan-11 10:42:57

Can't agree Fabby. I've seen how worked up my DS2 (7) gets playing non-violent but exciting games like Mario Bros or Lego Harry Potter. NO-WAY would I let him take part in a game where he's basically killing people. No way

becaroo Thu 06-Jan-11 10:49:53

Would you let your son watch a cert 18 film then fabby???

becaroo Thu 06-Jan-11 10:50:48

Texting is cowardly isnt it? Just dont want it to turn into a "thing" you know?

Will speak to her tomorrow.

MooMooFarm Thu 06-Jan-11 10:58:24

Definitely don't text - I admit I would find it 'awkward' to approach the subject with someone I didn't know very well, but with your sister you should be able to talk about it really, IMO.

Just out of interest, does she realise just how awful this game is? I know it's easy sometimes to let children do something they say all their friends are doing, without having checked it out first.

I have an older child than yours (young teenager) and I won't let him play this game, although I do let him play a couple of other 16 and 18 rated games. I think it's more about the specific content of a game rather than the age rating. What makes Call of Duty so nasty is that it reflects battles which have really happened, and 'prides' itself on how realistic and true to actual events the battles and 'killings' are. Fine if as an adult that interests you (though I don't understand why it would!), but there's no way I want my children seeing that kind of thing.

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