Anybody let their kids play GTA V?
Trouble is if you say no you feel like they’ll think you’re making a judgement about them as parents.
Awkward and with no easy solution.
On balance I’d just say ‘No, we only let X play games with certificates appropriate for their age so we don’t have to worry about keeping an eye on them.’Posted 4 years agoroggMember
News from my 13 year old daughter is that pretty much everyone in year 9 (aged 13-14) is playing it. A couple of lads skived off school to play it the day it was released.Posted 4 years ago
I wouldn’t let a 13 year old play it, but it will be very hard to stop them getting their hands on it if they really want to and all their mates (or mates older brothers) have it.AlexSimonSubscriber
This is from here:
Parents need to know that Grand Theft Auto V is an M-rated action game brimming with gang violence, nudity, extremely coarse language, and drug and alcohol abuse. It isn’t a game for kids. Playing as hardened criminals, players kill not only fellow gangsters but also police officers and innocent civilians using both weapons and vehicles while conducting premeditated crimes, including a particularly disturbing scene involving torture. Women are frequently depicted as sexual objects, with a strip club mini-game allowing players to fondle strippers’ bodies, which are nude from the waist up. Players also have the opportunity to make their avatars use marijuana and drink alcohol, both of which impact their perception of the world. None of the main characters in the game makes for a decent role model. All of them are criminals who think of themselves first and others rarely at all. Few games are more clearly targeted to an adult audience.
I use that site a lot when choosing games and films. Pretty on the money with a lot of things, but like most things on the internet, you develop your own interpretation of what they say.Posted 4 years agodannybgoodeSubscriber
What would the Daily Mail say to this piece of research:Posted 4 years agopictonroadSubscriber
I’m really relaxed about this sort of thing, my mum didn’t give a monkeys about age certificates, but having finsished that game I’d put a personal limit of 14/15 on it. It really is a properly hardcore piece of entertainment with adult themes aimed at adults.
Up to the parent to decide if their child can handle it, but “just a game” it is not. That link AlexSimon quoted has it spot on.Posted 4 years agoDezBSubscriber
My boy (11) gave us loads of hassle about it, because a couple of his friends have it and he told them he did!Posted 4 years ago
Didn’t give in though – only had to see Drac’s sadboy thread ( 😉 ) about it to know it was far from suitable. He has enough games with swearing and violence in already!! (military type crap)Mostly BalancedMember
we let our 12 year old have GTA on the assumption that you could restrict the content that would be revealed. Wifey and I now agree that we should have researched it more. He’s not now allowed to play it with the door closed.Posted 4 years ago
In the same conversation I pointed out that the ‘kiddie friendly’ Lego Star wars he started with is 80% battering other characters with light sabres and ray guns. Does that trivialise violence by putting it in a cartoon?CougarSubscriber
GTA V is the 18est 18 game going
This. The GTA games have always pushed the boundaries of what’s acceptable, and this is the latest and greatest in the series. They’ve not just pushed the envelope, they’ve torn it into small pieces, shoved it up a dog’s chuff and set fire to it. Then sat around laughing and seeing who can drop the C-bomb the most. I defy any 13-year old to play it and not spend the next six months calling all their mates “my nigger”.
I think as well there’s a difference between sneakily doing things underage and doing them with your parents’ consent. Not that I’m suggesting kids should be underhand, just that, well, they are. (-:
Parents saying it’s ok for them to do something legitimises it, it makes it “normal.” If they are going to be exposed to it anyway, if they know it’s taboo then they’ll hopefully approach it with a little more caution.
ObDisclaimer, I am not a parent.Posted 4 years agomekonMember
I think that exposing kids to films/computer games etc when too young is much more risky that giving them a knife.
Problem is, some parents allow kids to play games such as GTA ‘AND’ give their kids a knife.
If my lad and I lived in the woods..he would have a knife. I live in the city and it’s not needed. Neither is knowing how to stamp on someones head IMO.Posted 4 years agoalibongo001Subscriber
Interesting read here.
I have a 12 year old and we frequently have conversations around the fact that all his friends can play 18 games, so why can’t he.
I tell him that because I know what the games have in them, whereas a lot of parents don’t.
It is difficult when he goes to other boys houses as I don’t want him to be ostracised from the group because of the games.
It sounds like most of you all do pretty similar things!Posted 4 years ago
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