Which is the real ‘bad influence’? Video games or coercion?

“Aren’t you afraid that he might start taking things from people, based on specious theories of what’s good for them, just because he has the power to do so?”
– Gil Milbauer


      

From the archives: Posted on 3rd September 2001

“My eleven year old son is continually playing the game Metal Gear. I took it from him, fearing that it might influence him to act violently if conflict occurs at school.
You know—kids shooting up the school kind of thing. What do you think. He’s really upset.”

Aren’t you afraid that he might start taking things from people, based on specious theories of what’s good for them, just because he has the power to do so? He might start brutalizing other people, completely ignoring their right to decide what’s best for themselves (even if “experts” disagree with their judgments).

You could be creating a monster!

See also:

Gil Milbauer, 2001, ‘Which is the real ‘bad influence’? Video games or coercion?’, https://takingchildrenseriously.com/which-is-the-real-bad-influence-video-games-or-coercion

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