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To be shocked that my friend lets her 7 and 8 year old boys play...

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jenniferalisonphillipasue Mon 29-Jul-13 23:06:37

Call of Duty on the xbox?
I am not one for games consoles etc but I am certainly not the console police. However I was really shocked that when I took my son to play at my friends house this morning her eldest son said he wanted to play CoD. I thought maybe he meant some kind of role play but there by the TV was COD2 (rated15). I was really shocked by this.
I really don't want my ds exposed to this kind of stuff. How do I go about saying this??

Joanne279 Tue 30-Jul-13 09:08:00

My dp plays this (yawn)

But there is NO WAY id let my kids of 8 play it. It's violent, you kill people, you get more points for head shots and when your ammo runs out you get to knife people! Delightful!

Why can't kids be kids? Why do we have to expose them to this level if violence at such an early age? From thd few comments I read, it doesn't matter if thd graphics are crsp or if its set in 1950, its rated 15 for a reason!!!

MurderOfGoths Tue 30-Jul-13 09:14:03

noble Quite, There are some amazing games out there nowadays. And not just kiddy ones either. Why is shit like CoD the go to game??

fuzzpig Tue 30-Jul-13 09:21:25

Indeed, noble. Why the hurry to get to realistic violent games when there's so many more choices confused

dangly131 Tue 30-Jul-13 09:23:27

Some of the kids at my school play COD...not sure which one but given that they all now know what 'tea bagging' is from the game then I would deem it unsuitable for children. One of the TAs was shocked to learn what it was from a 9 year old...enough said!

ANormalOne Tue 30-Jul-13 09:25:07

I'm laughing at the idea of SS being involved because an underage child plays CoD, what a load of nonsense.

That must mean my DD will soon be removed from my care since I play/watch much more violent stuff than that whilst bouncing her in bouncer.

OneStepCloser Tue 30-Jul-13 09:39:32

SS being involved, what a load of bollocks, they would file the complaint in the bin.

Have no idea about the game, but i think a lot of people have views on some of these games without even seeing them.

Bunnygotwhacked Tue 30-Jul-13 11:35:49

I'm not sure about social services thing as it seems to have been a "big story" politically and in the media I think there would be a bit more attention paid to reports of it not necessarily them swooping in to save your children but i expect if it's mentioned at school the school will file that information somewhere.
On this issue of games themselves please realise that the age ratings don't have anything to do with the difficulty of the game. It doesn't mean they are brighter just because they can play an 18.
For those who don't play the games themselves there is common sense media website with lots of reviews from adults and children along with that persons recommended age rating to give you a clearer idea of whats in the games.
By the way my dc's do play games they are not deemed old enough to play but nothing that i haven't checked out first usually by playing grin

MurderOfGoths Tue 30-Jul-13 11:38:12

PEGI explains the ratings pretty well too.

Bunnygotwhacked Tue 30-Jul-13 11:45:52

thats a link to the wrong game sorry but the websites good for all games

FadedSapphire Tue 30-Jul-13 12:42:11

There's me being concerned my 4 year old getting unhealthy attitude towards green pigs in angry birds! 'I'm going to die the pigs!!'.
Honestly- I am rethinking him playing it...

Beastofburden Tue 30-Jul-13 13:30:44

Ds1 is 21 now and in his time has played all these games. As an adult he has a healthy sense of irony when faced with violent films etc and now plays games where you build space rockets etc (when he plays at all), while his extremely gentle father slaughters orcs on lord of the rings.

That said, I would not have allowed him to start that young. Secondary school at the very least, and actually I think he was about 14 before most of these games were available.

Back2Two Tue 30-Jul-13 13:31:59

Not sure why people are so keen to believe that SS would completely shrug off any reports such as these. Obviously the context is important.

Child protection guidelines will probably include reference to children being frequently allowed access to or being allowed to watch anything of an explicit adult content.

No, they're not going to leap in the car and bash down the door....but I hope/believe that they would actually treat any concerned reports as valid and not just bin them.

It's all about context and the rest of that child's life.

Personally,I hate the fact that 6 year old boys coming to my house don't know how to entertain themselves because we don't have a games console.

I played GTA when I was younger. I am still yet to nick a car and kill women.

My brother 13 has played COD etc since 11. He plays online with other friends. He can tell the difference between what is real and what isn't.

I played Playboy Mansion on the PlayStation 1. I loved it and I think that was a 15 or 18. Cant remember.

Faded My 3 year old shouts Fly birds, die pigs [grim] He also plays the ant squashing game.

FadedSapphire Tue 30-Jul-13 13:49:48

Not had the pleasure of the ant squashing game... will not seek it out!

tittytittyhanghang Tue 30-Jul-13 13:59:29

Back2Two do you really find 6 year olds who play consoles unable to entertain themselves? I dont think thats a general problem and maybe just the boys you have coming to your house.

JustGiveMeFiveMinutes Tue 30-Jul-13 14:03:28

Professor Susan Greenfield researched the effects of screen technologies on children and as a result there is no way I would let my 11 year old and 7 year old play COD. That's despite their claims that 'all their friends have played it' hmm Well, yes, they probably have, but I can think of a lot more interesting things for my dc to do than sit in front of a screen and kill people.

SmiteYouWithThunderbolts Tue 30-Jul-13 14:07:55

Both my ds's (7 and 8yo) have friends at school who have played CoD. Ds1 went to a friend's house one evening and came home telling me they'd been playing it. I was furious. I have no opinion on other parents letting their kids play (ok I do have an opinion but I keep it to myself) but it is for ME to decide if MY sons are allowed to play it. Which they aren't. Same goes for Grand Theft Auto (vile game). They can stick to Skylanders for the foreseeable future!

daytoday Tue 30-Jul-13 14:40:14

It's basic good manners to check with another parent first.

I won't let my 12 year old play that game.

Beastofburden Tue 30-Jul-13 14:47:34

Boys that age are of course all too ready to be violent. In my own 1960s childhood I remember being revolted by a friends brother who literally tore the wings off butterflies and his mother just laughed it off. I find that unsettling too. And there is that horrible "joke" that all 8 year olds love:

" it's only when you look at them through a strong magnifying glass on a sunny day that you realise how often ants spontaneously burst into flames".

All kinds of violence unsettle me, probably far too much. Not sure if screen violence, which is more extreme on the face of it but at least not real, is worse or not. Not a big fan of Prof Greenfields research personally.

JustGiveMeFiveMinutes Tue 30-Jul-13 15:07:28

I am not a scientist, never mind a Professor of Neuroscience at Oxford University so I don't feel as though I'm in a position to 'rate' her research.

On the basis she may have a point and that 'gaming' is an antisocial, obesity-causing waste of fucking time I don't let my underage dc play computer games. We all have to make our decisions based on what we as parents think is best for our dc I suppose.

xylem8 Tue 30-Jul-13 15:44:15


Buddhagirl Tue 30-Jul-13 15:57:17

Ss! That is hilarious, i think they are a bit too busy dealing with abuse to bother with children playing computer games.
If the child knows what is real and what is not i don't see the problem. Yanbu to be annoyed.

Back2Two Tue 30-Jul-13 16:08:47

Yes, you're right of course titty
It is obviously "just the boys that I have coming to my house". I am special like that.

If they don't play it, they don't miss it yet. If they do play it...they ask where the console is and/or what they're going to watch. They are also much more likely to say "I'm bored"

holidaywoe Tue 30-Jul-13 16:23:01

My 10 and 8 year old both play the COD games as do their friends I see no problem with them, I do wonder how many parents who hold up their hands in horror have actually played the games. They are just shoot em ups and no different to games I played as a kid or to playing army and soldiers in the woods with toy guns.

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