If you have children…or grandchildren, you may be surprised at how much the entertainment industry has captured the minds of our society. Regardless of age, young children, teens, young adults; mothers and fathers are absorbing into their mind and brain a sickness…VIOLENCE.
Just this week, a person who was mentally ill and said to have absorbed himself in violent videos, killed many employees at the Navy Yard near the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Just a few days later, families in Chicago are out at a park, watching a ballgame…when many of them are shot, including a small three-year old boy, by violent gang members. These are only a few examples of the hundreds of tragic incidents that have happened within our society just in 2013.
This violence is often blamed on the fact that we are allowed to have fire arms in the United States..when actually it is the sickness allowed in the homes, schools, theaters, t.v…and in the game world….all in the name of free speech and free enterprise. The Supreme Court is not going to help families in this area as they just struck down California’s ban on the sale of violent video games to minors. Well, who would want the government telling us what we can buy…or allow children to watch….for that is what parents do….right?
Tonight the news reported that within 24 hours a new video game, Grand Theft Auto V, earned $800 million dollars…and closing in on a billion. This is a video filled with interactive violence..murder, torture, prostitution,rough language and much more in which the player interacts. All this for a price of $60. It is supposed to be sold to those 17 and older…being rated as for the “mature”. Of course, the 17-year-old has little brothers and sisters who will play it with him/her.
This is what was written about the earlier versions of Grand Theft Auto: “The Grand Theft Auto series has sparked controversy, criticism, and even lawsuits for its violence, sexual content, and graphic imagery. The 2008 and 2009 version of the Gamer’s Edition of the Guinness World Records listed it the ‘most controversial video game series in history, with over 4,000 articles published about it, which include accusations of glamorizing violence, corrupting gamers, and connection to real life crimes.”
The biggest shocker is when CBS News interviewed some parents who were buying this new game for their 13 and 17-year-old children. The mother said, “He knows that I don’t like it..but I buy it because all his friends have it.” WHAT!!??
- You are parents and have to teach your children what is acceptable in your family regardless of what other parents are doing.
- The minds and hearts of your children are developing and this is what their young brains are seeing and vicariously experiencing.
- Children and young adults with emotional issues are even more at risk.
Just this morning, another violent attack has happened in a beautiful shopping mall in Kenya. Will we wait to teach our children about shunning anything violent until they have to go to the mall with the fear that this type of terrorism will happen in American? They already have fears within the schools.
If we as responsible adults do not speak out and stand up for what is right in our society, we will see a continued rise in the cases of mental illness and violent behavior. RESISTING VIOLENCE STARTS AT HOME. Click below to view a video explaining the risks to our young people: