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« Reply #17: January 07, 2011, 04:32:05 pm »

I think you're a bit high on the age there.  I know I was playing violent, etc video games WAY younger than that with no ill effects.

Depends on what you consider "ill effects"  12 and 14 are a lot younger from the adult side than from the experience side.

In a household where guns are not used for sport, or hunting then I consider the desire for weapons or to use weapons- and seeing weapons as toys to be absolutely ill effects.  I consider the desire to see weapons played with, be it on you tube, tv or by others an ill effect.  I consider emulating the musical taste in some of the games (profanity), idealizing gang or outlaw imagery especially without regard that these can be quite serious to be an ill effect.  EG. Kid going to school showing off that they know all the words to songs that they shouldn't know can score you some fun talks with the school counselor. 

Airsoft guns in particular are the latest obsession of the kids in the neighborhood where we're staying.  It's a plastic pellet gun that fires a hard plastic BB.  (shaped rather like a video game controller gun) It fires hard enough to leave a welt, but not hard enough to break the skin from a roughly 25 yard distance. 

One of their favorite games is hunting/shooting each other and comparing their welts.  All fine and dandy till they start closing the gap, and lack the aim or supervision to keep it below the shoulders.  Telling a 10-14 year old you're going to hang out with them and their friends for the afternoon doesn't go over well in an older/ mixed age group, so we're back to waiting until the impulse control and cause and effect based decision making skills develop. 

These kids are between ten and 14.  None of them have the impulse control under peer pressure or the excitement of the game to handle these 'toy' guns safely.  Most of them lack the common sense to wear a helmet when outside the direct supervision of an adult while jumping their skateboards off of things.  They want to use them - and to be seen using them badly enough that if they feel you wont let them, they hide them from you or steal them from other kids, which also leaves me saying that they have no business participating in media that makes weapons toys and graphic violence in the same category as fantasy.

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I'm gonna tell my son to join a circus so that death is cheap
And games are just another way of life
And I'm gonna tell my son to be a prophet of mistakes
Because for every truth there are half a million lies
And I'm gonna lock my son up in a tower
Till he learns to let his hair down far enough to climb outside.
-LIz Pahir

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