Amy - posted on 03/20/2012 ( 17 moms have responded )
Please help! My son is in 4th grade and loves video games. He has a Wii, Dsi, and plays Minecraft on the computer. He is very stressed and feels left out because his close group of male friends are all allowed to play a RATED M (18 and up), extremely violent shoot em up game called Modern Warfare. He feels left out because they incessantly talk about it at school and he can't participate in the conversation because he's never played the game. I tried explaning to him the reasons he is not allowed to play, which he seems to understand, but this seems to be a real emotionally upsetting issue to him. I am truly struggling with understanding why other parents allow this type of gameplay for their kids--each and every day, no less--during the formative years. Why add to their stress level and add to the violence that already exists in the real world? I know, it's none of my business what others do, but I can't seem to help it! Am I crazy? What is the best way to deal with this constant battle? Thanks for listening.