The U.S. Supreme Court this past week ruled that states cannot ban the sale or rental of violent video games to children. The court called the ban a violation of free speech. So what does this mean? Should a youngster be able to rent any game? Like those that allow players to assume the role of a carjacking, gun toting gangster? I hope not.
In essence the justices threw the issue back in the parents' laps, saying it's up to you to decide what you will allow in your house.
The gaming industry does put ratings on the games to help you decide which ones are appropriate for children. There is a lot of violence in all our lives.
Even old fashioned fairy tales like Hansel and Gretel or Snow White have dark and violent undertones. To shelter children from violence, it's up to each of us to decide what is right in our own families.
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