March 7, 2009

Parenting parents is NOT the answer. has lead me to another interesting article about a law in New Zealand where parents can be arrested for allowing their underage kids to access R-18 (M) rated video games.  It's supposed to shock parents into caring about what their children play.  In other terms, it's supposed to get parents to be parents.

I can't believe that we have to tell people how to raise their kids.  I'm not saying that just anyone can raise a kid, but at the same time if someone is going to introduce their kid to an kind of media that involves mature content, the parent should monitor it.  I don't see anyone doing anything similar with books, movies, magazines, or even violent toys.  Maybe those laws were proposed in the past, but that doesn't mean they are legitimate.

I do understand that for some reason today we like to blame everyone but the parents when trying to figure out why kids go bad.  It's good to support the idea of parents actually parenting.  Threatening people to parent with $10,000 fines or jail time is not the way.  That's just being a dick.

What are your opinions, dear readers?

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