US Parents Blame Violence On Games

January 12, 2013

It never changes in the world of gaming, there is always some idiots going to moan about the violence in games, the sex, the guns, etc and blame those games on real world violence.
If parents are blaming games, then why the hell are they buying the children those games ?
Does that mean in fact that US parents are the real causes of crime and violence ?

I love gaming, it’s one of the reasons im here, if games or the PS3 never existed, then PS3HaX wouldn’t exist and all the awesome homebrew and fun stuff we have on our PS3′s wouldn’t exist.
Now you are probably wondering what the hell i am ranting about, Common Sense Media a website dedicated to the ad-vocation of children and educating them about aspects of media and technology, recently conducted a survey, in which parents see video games as a major contributor to real life crimes, here is some information about Common Sense Media:

Our Mission

Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.

We exist because our nation’s children spend more time with media and digital activities than they do with their families or in school, which profoundly impacts their social, emotional, and physical development . As a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization, we provide trustworthy information and tools, as well as an independent forum, so that families can have a choice and a voice about the media they consume.

Our 10 Beliefs

  1. We believe in media sanity, not censorship.
  2. We believe that media has truly become “the other parent” in our kids’ lives, powerfully affecting their mental, physical, and social development.
  3. We believe in teaching our kids to be savvy, respectful and responsible media interpreters, creators, and communicators.  We can’t cover their eyes but we can teach them to see.
  4. We believe parents should have a choice and a voice about the media our kids consume and create. Every family is different but all need information.
  5. We believe that the price for free and open media is a bit of extra homework for families. Parents need to know about the media their kids use and need to teach responsible, ethical behavior as well as manage overall media use.
  6. We believe that through informed decision making, we can improve the media landscape one decision at a time.
  7. We believe appropriate regulations about right time, right place, and right manner exist. They need to be upheld by our elected and appointed leaders.
  8. We believe in age-appropriate media and that the media industry needs to act responsibly as it creates and markets content for each audience.
  9. We believe ratings systems should be independent and transparent for all media.
  10. We believe in diversity of programming and media ownership.

Here is a quote from the survey itself…………

Common Sense Media and the Center for American Progress commissioned SurveyUSA to conduct a nationwide survey of parents who have a child under age 18 living at home. 1,050 parents were interviewed 01/04/13 and 01/05/13. Results:

89% of parents nationwide say violence in today’s video games is a problem. 
75% of parents say shielding children from violence is difficult. 

All parents were shown video of an advertisement for the video game “Hitman: Absolution.” 84% say the advertisement is inappropriate to show on TV at a time when children are watching.

Parents were also shown a video of an advertisement for the movie “Gangster Squad.” 63% of parents say the advertisement is inappropriate to show on TV at a time when children are watching. 

93% of parents nationwide say lack of supervision for children contributes to violence. 
92% of parents nationwide say bullying contributes to violence. 
86% of parents nationwide say crime in day-to-day life contributes. 
77% of of parents nationwide say violence in TV and movies contributes. 
75% of parents nationwide say easy access to guns contributes. 
75% of parents nationwide say violence in video games contributes. 
64% say violent toys contribute.

Respondents for this survey randomly chosen by United Sample. Parents needed to be able to view video on a computer, tablet or smartphone to be eligible to participate.

Common Sense Media Website

The Survey In PDF Version
The Survey Online Version

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