Video games are not to blame.

While some claim video games are the cause of violence I can honestly and matter of factly disagree.

I play video games myself. Like Destiny 2, Crackdown 3, Forza horizon 4, amongst other games.

I can say with all certainty I am not a violent person.

I do this as a pass time to decompress from the day of stressful life situations.

Video games for most people is a recreation, a hobby or passion. I know gamers too who play and they have jobs and family and lives outside of it.

Many agree it is a time to relax and get your aggravations out on the game. It’s fun, its frustrating at times, but it’s also rewarding too.

To be on the extremely cautious parent level, I have to say for me as a parent I do regularly check and talk about violence and gaming with my children. Gaming as a parent of kids who play I actively monitor what they play.

Why?

Well Of course I wouldn’t allow them to play games that are not AGE appropriate and they know that asking me will only result in a ‘no not till your older’ answer. Because there mind is not equipped to handle some of the adult content, example; sex and mature situations within the games that are rated 18+.

But when we are talking about someone who is not well mentally and they play this it makes no difference to the reality that they are unwell and no Matter what games they watch or engage in they are the issue not the game itself.

A parent who knows that there is an issue with the child like mental health they themselves need to take those precautions that some dont decipher which is reality and which is not. And that comes down to parenting, not the game itself.

Ultimately if we are to begin picking on something it should have to do with not enough resources for the people who are in need of mental health facilities.

Point the blame where it belongs, we need less wait times for people wanting counseling, for police to be educated more on mental health, for more educated doctors and teachers who care and put the patient or student in the right hands when those flags appear.

Blaming Games itself is not where the problem lies. It’s a distraction from what needs to be done.

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