There seems to be a lot of insistence on screening music/movies/tv shows, etc, but for video games, a lot of people who just glance at a rating on a box (if that) and figure that's good enough. There are questions that pop up about games where the parent obviously doesn't understand the first thing about it, which leads to the issue, do they realize that it can include server play, which means playing online with complete strangers and chatting to them in game?
I've seen more kids than I can count in online MMOs who had NO business being there unsupervised, even though the boxes have a T on them, there's a fine print disclaimer stating clearly the online experience may exceed that rating. None of their parents bothered to read it (or else they didn't care). I've watched as a 13 year old girl happily rattled off her hometown, school name, schedule, and the fact that she was left alone unsupervised for 3 hours after school, and didn't even understand when those of us who tried to warn her were telling her it was dangerous. I've watched kids who were grounded from the internet find dozens of ways to get in game without their parents' knowledge, even going so far as to enable the onboard virtual keyboard when parents physically disconnected the keyboard and confiscated it.
I don't know a single parent from the gaming community who isn't on their kids like a hawk, because we KNOW what they can do. The kids we see getting in the most trouble, are the ones whose parents don't even fully understand what the games are, let alone how they work.
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