Multitudes of parents have become quite familiar with the rating system of video games. We try our very best to keep our children away from the explicit and very adult oriented games that will compromise their innocence. Video games that have graphically violent scenes and sexually explicit scenes are usually the ones that our kids are drawn to. They sometimes think that this sort of non entertainment is more exciting than some of the other readily available games. I always depended on the gaming industry to make sure that parents are aware of the intent of games through the rating system. However, not all games are rated and unsuspecting parents can innocently allow their children to be exposed to adult material.
Downloading a game from the internet is one of the easiest things that you are your child will be able to do. It is convenient, fast and sometimes very inexpensive. However, did you know that online games are not rated. That means if there is any type of violent action included in it, you will not be made aware until you start playing it along with your child. On many occasions, parents will allow their children to download a computer game from the internet because there is no warning that accompanies it. Thinking all is well, teens are younger children begin their new journey in game playing and will not jump at the chance to notify us of any inappropriate happenings.
Just the other day, I downloaded an seemingly innocent game from an online site. At first it seemed so innocent because it taught you how to allow your character to perform useful tactics for earning money. The character received points for going to school and gaining more intelligence. Soon he would acquire an excellent job and get promoted through certain career levels. As I went through all the different segments of the game, I soon notice that there were gambling casinos, gun shops, and bars that would encourage you to drink to gain more popularity.
Another part of the game that alarmed me, was that it also encouraged you to to purchase alcohol and cigarettes for younger kids. By doing this, you could excel to even higher levels of the game in no time. I was so shocked that this game started out so positively. How could it have taken such a drastically negative turn. Remember, I started out going to college and gaining a great career in order to receive a high score. Now through this game, I had become virtually a corrupter of younger kids in just a snap of my fingers.
Through my experiences in this game, I have learned that things are not always as they seem. What could start off all shiny and new, can sometimes be filled with filth and dirt. Just because a game starts off innocently, make sure that you analyze all of the game before allowing your child to play it. You could unwittingly give them a key that will unlock a world of corruption for your child. It is better to be cautious rather than regretful.