Thursday, August 7, 2008

"Grand Theft Auto" Taught Them How

Fulton County officials said they have arrested three teens and charged them with 57 felony counts in connection with a recent series of car bombings with Molotov cocktails in the city of Milton, north of Atlanta.The felony charges include arson, criminal damage to property and possession of explosive devices in six vehicle fires between 11 p.m. July 24 and 3 a.m. July 25. Each teen is charged with 19 counts.Officials said the teens -- ages 15 and 16 -- told authorities they learned "how to do it" from playing the video game "Grand Theft Auto.""

We can NOT underestimate the influence video games have on our children. My generation did not grow up with these 'reality' games; we played outside and used our imagination. Our children are exposed to others imaginations that are not always innocent or have our children's best interest at heart. In fact, I am pretty sure they do NOT care about my kids.

We have games in our house (no Grand Theft Auto or bloody war games) and I struggle weekly as to whether ANY are good. They transport our children to another 'reality' and turn them inward. I limit the time on them more and more, desiring to throw them all away.

It is important what these eyes see; what they view as reality. I am responsible for these eyes.

1 comment:

sparc77 said...

My recommendation for a GOOD video game:

Sim City 4