Teachers Will Report Parents Who Let Their Children Play GTA or Call of Duty
What impact does violent games like GTA or Call of Duty have on a child’s mind are unknown. Some evidences suggest that they may lean towards violence, while others suggest otherwise.
Either way, if you’re a parent who’s letting their child play Grand Theft Auto or Call of Duty, then you may end up in prison.
Just recently, David Cameron announced that teachers will have to be vocal about any and all concerns about a child. Concerns related to abuse or neglect. On top of that, Cameron further revealed that those who don’t raise a voice, could end up in jail for up to five years.
Department for Education guidance on safeguarding also put a similar responsibility on teachers.
So now that a lot pressure is put on teachers, Headteacher Mary Hennessy Jones saw fit to draw a new letter to straighten things out with parents. The letter, issued by Nantwich Education Partnership, asks parents to not let their underage children play 18+ games. According to Hennessy: “We are trying to help parents to keep their children as safe as possible in this digital era.”
The letter states that parents who let their child play such games will be reported to the Police or child protection services. Some how, it feels like a threat rather than an initiative to help parents.
If your child is allowed to have inappropriate access to any game or associated product that is designated 18+, we are advised to contact the police and children’s social care as this is deemed neglectful.
On the other hand, Parents Outloud, a parent group says that this is a step too far.
Accepting the huge concerns about these violent games and their effect on children, I think the schools are stepping outside the realm of what is probably acceptable.
It will be construed by many parents as a threat and it is not helpful. If schools want to get the support of parents and gain their confidence, threatening them with social services will not help.
It is understandable that teachers are under a lot of pressure and they put in a very uncomfortable position. Taking such steps causes backlash from parents, while doing nothing puts them in jail.
Do you think this is the right way to go about things? Or are there better ways to protect children from exposure?