To the Editor:
Joe Pisani blames violent movies, TV and video games for the violence among today’s kids (Violent entertainment destroying america’s kids, 1/24/13).
Why are kids watching/playing entertainment meant for adults? TV, movies and games have ratings for a reason. Children should not be watching R-rated entertainment. Immature people should not be playing M-rated video games (the “M” stands for Mature Players Only).
When kids are old enough to understand the moral behind the entertainment (usually that the “bad guy” gets the worst of it in the end) then, and only then, should they be considered mature. Then, and only then, should they be allowed to watch/play this kind of entertainment.
More than 100 million violent first-person shooter video games are sold every year, and only a few people are violently affected by them. Mass murder in TV/movies/games only “looks cool” to those who don’t understand the moral of the entertainment. Violence in TV, movies and games is used to show how bad the “bad guys” are and what it takes to stop them.
One problem is, parents are no longer allowed to discipline their kids. A slap or two does not teach violence. It teaches kids that when they do wrong, they get hurt. Another problem is that parents use TV, movies and games as baby-sitters. It keeps kids occupied and under control in the house. Many children are no longer taken to church on a regular basis.
They don’t learn the difference between right and wrong. They don’t learn moral values. They will not learn tolerance and social skills in isolation (watching TV, movies and playing video games most of their time).
Most importantly, self-centered and/or disturbed people with weak moral values, especially those who enjoy this form of entertainment, should not have access to guns – especially high-powered assault weapons.
Just as parents shouldn’t allow their young children to drink alcohol, they also shouldn’t allow them to watch/play violent entertainment. However, most mature people find this entertainment to be a stress-reliever: a way to unwind after a difficult day at work. It’s a way to work off the angry adrenalin that has been building up all day. This form of entertainment has it’s place – and it’s not in young children’s bedrooms.
Shirley B. Backus