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Video Game Question For The Advice Columnist

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An eight-year-old boy's parents are concerned about the violent games enjoyed by their son's friend, who often invites their son over. They don't want to nix the friendship, ban gaming during visits or question the other parents. What to do?


The Chicago Tribune's advice columnist had the following advice on Sunday:

Sooner or later, raising your kid the way you believe is right means you'll have to risk stepping on some toes. You could have your son bring over an enticing new, non-violent video game. You could call over and say that your Matthew has already used his video game time for the week.

But it's also perfectly reasonable to tell your friends, "I'm sorry, but would you mind if Matthew and Timmy played only racing games?" It's not as implicitly judgmental as laying out your whole parenting philosophy, and if they are your friends, they'll take the hint. The very best option, of course, involves the yard, sporting implements and muddy knees.


Sound advice, parents?

Can I kill games, save friendship? [Chicago Tribune]


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I would suggest asking him not to play it, ask him to switch games if possible.

But, since chances are that won't happen, take the slightly more sensible route:

Teach your child about fantasy versus reality. Make sure he knows that the violence in the video game is in no way supposed to be replicated in real life, that it's okay in games but in reality violence is not a good thing.

I personally don't think violent games have much of an impact on people, as long as they know the difference between fantasy and reality.