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reissalvin1998
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Should kids 11 and up be able to play m rated games?

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Started: 5/4/2015 Category: Entertainment
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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reissalvin1998

Con

1. Children are more susceptible to absorb any kind of knowledge without differentiating which is harmful and which is not, because they are likely to act based on their feelings and not through experience or critical thinking. As a person matures, through trials and errors, through knowledge learnt; they are able to separate between the good from the bad BETTER than a 11 year old. Exposing violent games to the young may "inspire" or entice them to re-enact violent behaviors; for whenever an exciting, gory graphic appears the kid's mind is stimulated by chemicals (dopamine is one of them) that encourage them to revisit this particular moment/action (like shooting) in order to experience the same kind of thrill.

2. Parents or teachers are not always around to lecture children from doing harm; their children will find a way to avoid exposing their ideas/thoughts or harmful objects from the adults, preventing them from educating the youth. So relying on the adults to teach kids is not really a viable option.

3. Many supporter of this idea may argue a person should be allowed to play today's M-rated games when they are "mature" enough, plus claiming some 12 year old boys are "wiser" or more "mature" than 16 year old boys. Of course, due to different backgrounds and level of education, some people are more capable of making a beneficial, informed decisions than others. However, until there's an accessible and affordable, convenient guideline people can use to measure one's "maturity" (by more accurate definition: "having reached an advanced stage of mental or emotional development characteristic of an adult" -Oxford University Press), the evaluation system (ESRB for example) segregating games based on ages is for now the best way to at least reduce the negative impact of violent, sexual contents on young, developing individuals.
gigirocker1

Pro

1. The parents are the ones to blame. Kids are innocent and can still be enlightened. With a day of learning through a book, you have to balance the kid's mental stability.

2. Video games aren't all bad. M Rated games are something that you encounter at any age, whether road raging or other idiots on the road.
Debate Round No. 1
reissalvin1998

Con

1. -Correct, parents are partly to blame. Thus, you're saying "you have to balance" which means whom? If parents are out of the equation, it is reasonable to let the children to absorb and develop whatever harmful video games show them to? There are certain ideas these entertainment do benefit a person's growth but there's nobody there to monitor the unhealthy portion. Therefore, it is necessary to establish another measure in order to ensure kids are not contacting with bad influences, and that is through an age requirement for all games.
-"...a day learning through a book..." cannot convince a visually stimulated child to act accordingly, plus one day and one book is not adequate to re-educate a person. It is like teaching a drug addicted man how harmful the drug can kill him doesn't necessarily mean he will listen and stop consuming the product. Plus, may you clarify what does it mean to "balance" a person's "mental stability".
2. True, but being punched in the stomach or shooting a person in real life has valuable repercussions to learn from. You're simply motivating a kid to replicate those behaviors in order to feel the thrill and not informing them what the consequences of doing so. Kids are young; they are black pieces of paper. Ingraining them with violent and sexual images will shape their mentality which determines their behaviors toward life. It is best to teach them the good things in life and let the paper wrinkle as it goes along the way.
gigirocker1

Pro

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reissalvin1998

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gigirocker1

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