Deb - posted on 03/01/2012 ( 45 moms have responded )
We must be the last parent on Earth who haven't allowed our son to get these video games....he's 11 soon to be 12....an only child....and EVERY friend he has owns either: Modern Warfare, Gears of War, or Grand Theft Auto. Parents of 3 friends have admitted they allow the kids to play those games (some allow the younger sibs too). These games are rated M for language, adult content, and violence and gore. Many of his friends play online together and he wants to be able to do this too. He has played the games before (when over at a friends house and at a relative's house)....I think of what's holding us back from purchasing a game like that of his own: he's only 11; the imagery is really vivid; the language (doesn't really bother me since hey...he's 11); but still....I wonder, how did these parents decide it was ok?..that the game was appropriate? ... that a pre-teen mind could understand and realize that, they become desensitized to the violence and blood--knowing how impressionable they are?? what's wrong with me? am I trying to hold him back? Am I trying to keep him a naive boy? is it a bloodlust that's being cultivated? Any advice?