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Hello Polk Moms,

I'm a business reporter with The Ledger working on a story about the ongoing debate on video game violence, and its potential impact on children and teens.

I would love to hear your opinions on violent games and how you deal with them at home. Feel free to speak your mind - we're not looking for any specific kind of responses. 

If you're interested in chatting for my story, please contact me at kyle.kennedy@theledger.com or 863-802-7584 and leave a daytime phone number or email address. Thank you!

Kyle Kennedy

The Ledger

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Personally, I do not allow them in my house. I'm quite strict when it comes to video games and movies. If my kids want to target shoot WITH ME, I have no problem with that. Tin cans with BB guns, paper targets with my hand guns at the range, I'm fine with that. Graphic games where the object is taking a human life (or in some beating women, taking their money) that I have a problem with. I'll allow rated T video games for my older ones (I do have to look it over, no M under any circumstances) and no rated R movies, PG13 I'll allow for the olders and if I've watched it personally for those under 10 in the house.

I don't put all the blame on video games or movies for when teens or young adults commit violence. But I do worry it's a contributing factor for SOME people. I do worry it can desentizize people to violence. I am outspoken that I will defend myself and my family, with lethal force if necessary, and I have the tools to do so, but taking a human life is something I never WANT to do. If forced, I will, no doubt in my mind, but I don't want my kids earning points and winning a graphic game by doing so, even if it's virtual. I do try to raise them to respect guns and want them to know safety rules and how to use them as they are old enough (they are always locked and none of the kids have access without my direct supervision including the BB guns) but I just don't think there's a place in their childhood for violent and graphic media. When they're grown, they can make their own choices, but I want to raise them knowing that it's not ok with me to haphazardly take a life, even of its an onscreen one.

The biggest problem I have is when they are at friends' homes. I can't enforce my rules in others homes, and I do know these games are the norm in most homes. I actually had a parent tell me once, 'don't worry, I make them turn off the sound' LOL ???

Alicia your comments are very thoughtful. Is there a way I can contact you for my story? If so, please send me a phone number or email to 802-7584 or kyle.kennedy@theledger.com. Thank you!

Alicia (Alsan) said:

Personally, I do not allow them in my house. I'm quite strict when it comes to video games and movies. If my kids want to target shoot WITH ME, I have no problem with that. Tin cans with BB guns, paper targets with my hand guns at the range, I'm fine with that. Graphic games where the object is taking a human life (or in some beating women, taking their money) that I have a problem with. I'll allow rated T video games for my older ones (I do have to look it over, no M under any circumstances) and no rated R movies, PG13 I'll allow for the olders and if I've watched it personally for those under 10 in the house.

I don't put all the blame on video games or movies for when teens or young adults commit violence. But I do worry it's a contributing factor for SOME people. I do worry it can desentizize people to violence. I am outspoken that I will defend myself and my family, with lethal force if necessary, and I have the tools to do so, but taking a human life is something I never WANT to do. If forced, I will, no doubt in my mind, but I don't want my kids earning points and winning a graphic game by doing so, even if it's virtual. I do try to raise them to respect guns and want them to know safety rules and how to use them as they are old enough (they are always locked and none of the kids have access without my direct supervision including the BB guns) but I just don't think there's a place in their childhood for violent and graphic media. When they're grown, they can make their own choices, but I want to raise them knowing that it's not ok with me to haphazardly take a life, even of its an onscreen one.

The biggest problem I have is when they are at friends' homes. I can't enforce my rules in others homes, and I do know these games are the norm in most homes. I actually had a parent tell me once, 'don't worry, I make them turn off the sound' LOL ???

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