I am watching Takers and it has a rating of 12 - it contains violence, sex and many other things i would not want a 12 yr old to see - when will we as a nation realise that viewing these things have a knock on effect to the way our children behave. Call of duty shocks me beyond belief as a game we allow to be sold to our children. I know that it makes a huge amount of money for various companies and we maybe can not challenge them due to the hold they have over others but I am so tired of seeing things as an adult i would not want to see as a child!! Please please please back me up on this as parents who are tired of seeing our children being manipulated into an adult world before they are ready for it. is being protective of my children an offence??
What snippy said about COD, it's the parents not the ratings that allow children access to these games. Ratings of films are not perfect - there seems to be a huge range within the "12" bracket - from the Dark Knight (certificate 12A which I feel strongly should have been a 15 with the violence of the joker) to Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (cert 12) which I watched with my nearly 4 yo today and don't feel there was anything particularly scary or inappropriate in it (as long as there's an adult alongside explaining stuff).
Be as protective of your DC's as you see fit, but i think that the ratings are usually correct. If anything i would rate the violence higher than some of the 'sex', it is sometimes the other way round.
DC's differ and it should be up to the parents what they can handle, except in extreme cases.
On the other hand you only have to turn on the news or open a paper, reports of violence, rapes, murders pictures of the dead. The violence in Tottenham will be all over the telly and papers tomorrow, near impossible to hide from kids. The choice about what films they see is yours as the games you buy them, its hard to hide real life from kids nowadays but I do agree our children being manipulated into an adult world before they are ready for it.
Call of Duty is 18 so not a childs game anyway so that strikes that one out.
That said there is a lot of violence when you look around in any kids games. Examples: Pengins of Madagascar, one does karate one thumps etc. Super Mario, you attack things along the way. LegoLand games for Wii/DS/ps3 pirates, Harry Potter, Star Wars etc all contain wand scraps, light saber scraps etc but they are PG
TV Tom and Jerry...............Jerry sticks Tom in the microwave or washing machine and turns it on. Ben 10, Transformers, Digimon, even Lilo and Stitch. Gnomeo and Juliet has a dirty great lawn mower that breathes fire and some on the gnomes are dressed like Rambo when they attack and that is a U.
Basically its up to parents themselves to decide and have the intelligence to know how mature and capable their child is to let them watch.