Nationally syndicated columnist Esther Cepeda says something that most columnists would never say: let's blame the people that are not doing their jobs - the parents. The former first-grade school teacher notes in her latest column that kids - that is, very young children - tend to get access to violent video games, movies, and television from parents who are either too weak-willed or too lazy to pay attention to what their kids are doing.
Here is the most salient part of her column:
"The other day the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments over a California law that would impose $1,000 fines on stores that sell violent video games to people under 18. The law is absurd on its face. Who do you think pays for junior's "Grand Theft Auto?" And how could the tide of free to almost-free violent video games widely available on cell phones, smart phones, iPad-like tablets and through free websites accessible via any desktop or laptop — also usually provided by parents — ever be stemmed? Who would you fine?
Justice Stephen G. Breyer said that common sense should allow the government to help parents protect kids from games featuring depictions of "gratuitous, painful, excruciating, torturing violence upon small children and women." In a perfect world, maybe. But in a perfect world, parents would have the common sense not to ignore lurid content while giving kids the money, the car ride, the nod to the check-out clerk or the blind eye to what happens over at friends' houses necessary for these games to be such a hit."
Read the rest at App.com