12 year old wants to play shooting games

Felicia - posted on 10/19/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My 12 year old son is interested in first person shooter games. I hate guns, but understand it is just a game AND he will be exposed to this kind of violence someday. These are T rated games, I just don't know when the right time, or way to monitor and ok different games.

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Becki - posted on 10/19/2009

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the fact that your son wants to play these games shows that he is a normal teenager. i would let him play age appropriate games, read the label they are all rated just like movies. if you really want to see what is in these games, sit down and play WITH him. you would be surprised at the connection you two can make. good luck ;-}

Carly - posted on 10/21/2009

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my kids didnt even have water guns when they were small, we relented when we realised they just used their imaginations to make guns. they do play shooting games, but not the ones that they are shooting people aimlessly. they have alien hunting games, and star wars games and a few not gorey war games. mabey there isnt a real difference, i dont know, it makes me feel more comfortable about it at least.

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Kaylea - posted on 02/26/2013

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they are NOT i repeat NOT horrible games there is a reason the make them would you rather your son in the army using tactics learned from cod or wondering what the hell do i do whale people are shooting at me

Joanna - posted on 01/22/2013

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Your son is coming to the time in his life when he should learn about the real world, and to play these shooting games will teach him very bad manners so I thimk as a considerate mum that he should not play these horrible games.
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Connie - posted on 11/12/2009

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This judgement has to be on your own - it's based on your son's maturity, and his reaction/comments to situations regarding guns. I hate guns as well - but my husband is a hunter so my kids exposure to guns revolves around that. Nothing comes from violence but violence. I would say just don't let it become a too frequent endeavor.

Elizabeth - posted on 11/12/2009

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I have taught my kids right from wrong, so I let them play the games and they know its just a game. My sons are 12 and 6 and I don't sheild them from things like this. My sister doesn't allow her kids to watch a lot of things on tv. But I feel like if she teaches them whats right they will do the right things. B/c if she sheilds them from it someone else might teach it to them and it may not be the right things.

Krista - posted on 11/01/2009

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My son plays the shooting games and he is 10yrs old. I had/have the same opinion as you but I ask the game places what its about and whats in it. I check the rated and go online. I become aware of the games and what they are but it also depends on the systme you have which show more graffics. In the end it also has to do with the personality of your child and their maturity. I also tell my son if I find him acting out the games their gone or i notice a personality change their gone. GOOD LUCK!

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I have 3 boys ages almost 15, 12 & 11. I have only allowed them to play E rated games. When my oldest has had sleepovers in the past they would play rated T or M at friends' houses. You can't really stop them from playing video games at other kids' houses, but you CAN monitor them in your own home. Don't buy them for him, and don't allow him to buy them with his own money until you feel he is old enough to play the violent games (if you decide later that he can). My husband calls me a mother hen, but it shows in my kids and that's a good thing! You can either be the mom who is picky about what her kids watch on tv, and play on video games, or you can be the mom who doesn't care and lets her kid do whatever he wants. Which kid do you want to raise? Start now, and take control of your home and family! Good luck and God Bless! :o)

Cindy - posted on 10/21/2009

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I hate Guns too!!
BUT Hubby has LOTS of shooting games so the kids play them with him
I put up with it Now, my youngest is 10
But IF I find them Pointing a Gun finger at anyone and pretending to shoot them they get yelled at i DON'T LIKE THATthey also build Lego guns and show me I say i don't like it and I don't want to see it.
They have water guns too Which I find OK i guess there is no difference between the 2

Molly - posted on 10/20/2009

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My son has been playing these games for a while now. But it didn't start with the blood n gore kinda thing. There are games that have 'combat' style formats without the language, etc. You have to read the labels. But I used that when he was younger, then he just gradually evolved to the more mature games when I knew he could handle it. The other reason alot of his friends he would spend time with at their house, had these type of games, so it was harder to monitor it. You have to just teach your kid about how to handle such games, be mature, and respectful about it. I won't tolerate any bad words, cussing, etc from him even if he hears it on the game. I still forbid him to play games with any 'sex' or 'mature material' on it. Plus I teach him to never use the violence against anyone. I tend to like him playing like the alien or hunting or fantasy type of games. That way he's not shooting at his friends or taking it out on someone (like the street gang games). But it depends on what you want your kid to learn. From the time he was born, we lived in high crime neighborhoods, even now, it seems the crime/shooting/gang stuff is going to the good neighborhoods. So we heard seen all that violence in real life, I had to teach it to him from a very early age. Good luck

Kasha - posted on 10/19/2009

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My son has been playing these games for several years..he is now 15. He's very proud of his "awesome" ranking, and when he has buddies over, I know they will be in his room kickin' some Halo butt...not sneaking out getting into trouble. The best part, not only do my hubby and his friends enjoy playing these games with the boys, but when my son is playing xbox live, he is often playing with MY friends:)



The only downside I have found..the occasional obscenity hollered at the screen when he dies. But frankly, that once weekly outburst is the biggest problem I have with my son these days! I say, if you think your son has the appropriate maturity level to not get totally frustrated when he gets killed repeatedly, the let him shoot away :)

Shannan - posted on 10/19/2009

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I agree with Becki, read the rating on the game to make sure that it is age appropriate for him. Maybe rent the game and play it before buying the game and make sure it really is age appropriate, or ask the retailer, preferrably a younger person about the game and get their opinion on the game.

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