A couple of weeks ago I read an article that really resonated with me in my role as an education leader and parent. The author expressed his growing concern for something he referred to as ‘violence creep’, a term he used to describe how young people are exposed and normalised to violence from games on their devices (iPads, play stations etc) and it is normalised because their peer group is doing it, the parents sanction it and the community in general allows it. Of course, his concerns are shared by many of us!
What is quite concerning is that many of these games or apps have age restrictions, making it illegal for underage children to play them. But even more concerning is the graphic, often very violent content, the bad language, sex and other adult themes that are present, and of course many of these newer games, involve the player as part of it all.
The author found it odd that parents in general regulate what children are able to watch on TV and yet they feel that the violence presented in games is somehow different. These games and apps have restrictions for very good reasons!
What do you think? What are your thoughts on this? If children are playing games in the playground that mimic these, should we be shutting them down?
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Well done to Emily Cliff who earned the top mark of all year 3’s across 20 countries in the ICAS Maths exam. In December she attended a special ceremony in Auckland where she received this medal. A fantastic achievement Emily!