A group based out of Southington, CT is holding a drive for parents to trade-in their children’s violent games for gift certificates. The games will be destroyed.
It’s inevitable that videogames were going to take some blame for the tragedy in Connecticut. It’s easy to blame something you don’t understand. As it would happen, a group out of Southington, CT, the SouthingtonSOS, are holding a drive for parents to trade in their kids’ violent games, as reported by Polygon. The group will destroy whatever they receive. In exchange, the traders will receive $25 certificates to do something more family friendly.
But the group is saying that they’re not blaming videogames for the actions that happened in Newtown. “The group’s action is not intended to be construed as statement declaring that violent video games were the cause of the shocking violence in Newtown on December 14th. Rather, SouthingtonSOS is saying is that there is ample evidence that violent video games, along with violent media of all kinds, including TV and Movies portraying story after story showing a continuous stream of violence and killing, has contributed to increasing aggressiveness, fear, anxiety and is desensitizing our children to acts of violence including bullying,” says the group.
The group is looking for parents to be informed of what their children are playing. “We’re suggesting that for parents who have a child or children who play violent video games, to first of all view the games. We’re asking parents to better understand what their child is doing. Have a conversation about next steps. If parents are comfortable (with their child’s gaming habits), we’re comfortable.”
While the intentions of the group are noble, the action seems like a method to destroy games under the subtle disguise of awareness and protecting children’s minds. The root of the problem is being ignored: parents are not informed before they buy a game for their child. Assuming the parent bought their child a violent videogame, they ignored the rating, the picture with a giant gun on the front of the cover (most box art has clear depiction of what’s going on), and didn’t read the back of the box. The bigger issue is lazy parenting.
Way to go America.