Teachers Warn Parents Against 18-Rated Games Like GTA V and Call of Duty
A specific group of primary school headteachers are banding together to inform the police and social services about parents that let their children play 18-rated games.
According to a report by the Telegraph, parents were warned last month through a letter sent by the Nantwich Education Partnership.
Its contents claimed that games like Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto can lead to “early sexualised behavior” in children, and that “inappropriate access” to adult games is considered “neglectful”.
The letter further states that several children have already reported either playing or watching adults play these games instead. The group has warned parents that such games are highly inappropriate for children and “if your child is allowed to have inappropriate access to any game or associated product that is designated 18-plus we are advised to contact the police and children’s social care as it is neglectful.”
The Nantwich Education Partnership is said to represent sixteen schools, including fifteen primary schools and one secondary academy.
The letter though did not exactly clarify as to how teachers will be reporting such parents. If a child saw his parents playing GTA V and talked about it in school, does that give the teachers enough grounds to call in the cavalry?
In summer 2012, the government introduced a law that prohibited the sale off PEGI-rated games to minors. These ratings are designed to help consumers decide whether a product is suitable for a certain age or not.