I'd have thought pulling the circuit breakers would have been quicker.
A Boston mum whose 14-year-old son refused to stop playing Grand Theft Auto in the early hours called in the cops to put a stop to his late-night gaming. The 911 call came at 2:30 am on Saturday morning, when the desperate parent explained that not only had her offspring resisted a maternal cease-and-desist order, but he also …
I expect there are many comments awaiting moderation that will ask the same question, but: What is the age limit for that game? The kid was 14. Here in the UK it is an 18 rated game. Does that just apply to purchasing it, or playing it as well (Is it like alcohol, where you can't buy it for an under 18).
What is the law concerning age ratings on games in the US?
Seriously the cops should send her the bill for the police's time in having to come deal with this and possibly the liability bill for any premises that were robbed during this itme whilst the police had to deal with this rather then doing there actual job. Oh and make her do some sort of parenting course cause she obviously doesnt have a clue how to be a parent!
In a situation like this its easy to stop the kid playing the computer - take the power cable. That will stop the kid playing pretty damn quickly (and provides a nice defensive weapon in the case of the ADHD brat getting violent). Getting a kid to go to sleep has been a problem for parents for thousands of years, but funnily enough the police arent usually the ones that have to deal with this! Parents need to take responsibility for their own sprog, not leave it up to the rest of society to do it for them!
IANAL, but, from what I understand, ratings for movies, games, etc. on this side of the pond are more suggestions, guidelines for the parents buying the games/movies so they don't *accidently* buy a bloody/naughty game for a tyke. M only means "Intended for adults". Our Lords and Masters still believe that parents are the best source for determining what their kids can handle in the way of entertainment.
Enough of these instances and they will probably change their minds.
Rather than calling the cops, which is a little extreme and an indication of the crapness of parenting these days, why not simply pull the plug on the console, the fuse on the ring main, or... take the DVD out of the console and lob it out the window?
After a few minutes of crying and shouting from the Kevin, I am sure that he would have calmed down and just got on with things. Maybe even read a book.
Or am I being naive?
Give the young lad two warnings to behave. If he ignores those, give him the phone number of the local Social Services so that he can arrange his own accommodation for the evening as he won't be sleeping under your roof.
I just used to port lockdown the router when my little angel insisted on playing World of Warcraft into the wee hours. He soon took the hint.
in this thread. Yes we all like to roll-eyes and go "only in America" but put yourself in the position of some woman who is trying her level best to do the right thing for what sounds like an obnoxious brat probably bigger and stronger than her. It's not like she demanded a swat team she just ran out of options and looking for help.
albeit my sprog is only a wee one. But, if you raise the kid correctly, you shouldn't have that problem. If the kid has learned that disrespect to the parent will have consequences (no more games, no candy/snacks, no going over to friends' houses, etc) then the idea of saying "Sod off" to the 'rent shouldn't occur. If it does, it will hopefully happen when the kid is still small enough for the parent to handle, and if handles properly, swiftly, and with appropriate intensity, it won't happen more than once.
parents thease days blame the games industry for violance in kids when actually its the kid spending hours on end playing 18 rated games seeing the violance on screen then trying to copy it for real. this i think was a bit drastic though calling the cops to stop a kid playing wouldnt it of been simple to take his console away and for starters kids shouldnt be playing thease games in the first place. how are they getten there hands on them either there older brothers are buying them and leaving them lying around or the parents are getten them for them. parents should know better
Even if it might be against the law to buy it.
I remember an El Reg article awhile back about a 13 year old girl in Blighty, pregnant by a 12 year old neighbor, with an accompanying picture of them with the baby, playing an 18+ game together. (Later it was revealed that the boy wasn't really the father.)
Pot. Kettle. Black.
In the US, the ESRB is not a government construct and does not have legal authority. Most retailers have a policy of not selling 'M' rated games to persons under the age of 17, but there are no national laws on the subject, and I know of no local statutes that make the purchase of such games an arrestable offense.
Also, Re: Pulling the plug: This would only enrage the 14 year old, and I doubt a physical confrontation between him and the single mother would end well for anyone.
Prevention is the right approach, and the mother should never have allowed the situation to go unchecked so long.
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