A number of schools in Nantwich, Cheshire, England sent a letter to parents threatening that they will call the police and social services if they allow their children to play violent video games such as Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto.
“Several children have reported playing or watching adults play games which are inappropriate for their age and they have described the levels of violence and sexual content they have witnessed: Call Of Duty, Grand Theft Auto, Dogs Of War and other similar games are all inappropriate for children and they should not have access to them. If your child is allowed to have inappropriate access to any game or associated product that is designated 18-plus we are advised to contact the police and children’s social care as it is neglectful,” stated the letter.
Judy Dutton for The Stir reports that the letter was sent by Nantwich Education Partnership, the organization in charge of the schools, after learning that a number of their students were playing games rated for users over the age of 18 due to the inclusion of adult themes such as warfare, sex and carjacking. The letter’s author, Mary Hennessy Jones, said she just wants to help parents keep their children safe, adding, “It is so easy for children to end up in the wrong place and parents find it helpful to have very clear guidelines.”
The Partnership continued to say that playing games meant for older children could lead to “early sexualised behaviours,” and that the advice given was in accordance with local authority concerns.
The letter continued to warn parents about allowing their children to have social media accounts on sites including Facebook and WhatsApp. The organization said such accounts could make children vulnerable to sexual predators and explicit images.