What is neglect? Can exposing children to video games and T.V shows after the watershed be described as abuse? A discussion at work today has left me thinking. Of course it can.
Grand Theft Auto 5 is a prime example. I have heard children talk incessantly about this game. Not only is it not age-appropriate but it is alarmingly explicit and violent too. It is notorious for it’s high levels of violence, sex and language. It is clearly NOT for children. Yet, children are exposed to games like this daily in the UK and around the world.
Coming from a background in where a man (my father) hated, ridiculed and abused women, it is so disturbing to see that this game shows all women that feature in it in an incredibly derogatory light. Women are seen as prostitutes, strippers, moaning wives, dumb girlfriends. Women are not seen as powerful figures. What kind of a message is been sent out to boys and young men? Rape culture is sadly growing. Surely, treated women as animals and seeing them as below men is not helping that matter.
Children are unfortunately exposed to all sorts. Ranging from violent video games to late night TV shows to even porn. How can a child understand anything like that. This is pure neglect and abhorrent abuse.
We are supposed to be protecting children. They are our future. Why is the world just setting them up to fail? Give these kids back their innocence.