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BunnyFeet
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Mantizah
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That parents should not purchase toys for their children that promote violence

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Started: 5/1/2014 Category: Games
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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BunnyFeet

Con

Now to my first point: that by parents purchasing toys with a potential for promoting violence they can teach children to make good choices and develop skills to become responsible adults. Children do not automatically learn how to act responsibly; they must be guided and taught things at appropriate ages. We recognize that very young children do not understand the difference between fantasy and fiction and should be protected from seeing direct violence on video games. Nevertheless, age appropriate toys and games can be extremely positive. Toys are one way that they learn to imagine themselves role playing and copying adult behaviours. Many kids aspire to adult occupations and imagine themselves in significant roles as they play. They can play on forts with toy guns and ally themselves on teams. If supervised properly, such play is positive and even beneficial. Dreaming of being a solider is great for our modern day society, we need a defence force. We want children to be empowered to dream of becoming builders whilst playing with Lego, engineers whilst playing in the sand pit or policemen in dress up uniforms, carrying pretend badges and toy pistols. The toys that support these dreams do not necessarily have to be banned by parents; they just need to have good boundaries. Allowing such toys can help develop skills like problem solving. A puzzle or a problem that a child may strive to solve links to what an engineer may do one day with a structural problem for a bridge. Playing a variety of games can involve the need for teamwork, enhancing a child"s teamwork abilities. Furthermore, a sense of community can also be acquired when playing with others. Computer games often promote this behaviour. Responsibility is also a well-developed skill from toys, such as knowing when, where and how to use them in appropriate circumstances. When developed, these skills are essential tools for life both personally and professionally. Of course we do not want to see toys misused, we are advocating that toys that promote violence are age appropriately monitored and supervised by parents. Allowing these toys will, in time, teach children to make good choices and may help protect them against the negatives of potential violent behaviour associated with some toys.
This leads me to my second point: that exposing children to age appropriate toy diversity inoculates them against negative, violent behaviour. Ladies and gentlemen, think back to your child hood, did you ever shoot a toy gun or play roughly with your friends? Did you know that 97% of children play or have played aggressive video games? Do 97% of children grow up to be mass murderers or violent people? No. Statistics indicate that in 2006-07, there were 230 murder charges, 28 manslaughter charges recorded in Australia. Considering the population of Australia is currently held at over 23 000 000, this isn"t even 1% of the population! If potentially violent toys truly caused disturbing, sociopathic behaviour, there would be many more criminal committing violent crimes in Australia. They may even be sitting in this room tonight! The opposition would want us to believe that violent toys in children"s" hands necessarily make violent people. We believe that by exposing children to these potentially violent toys you can "immunize" them against violence, rather than contribute to it. Children can be taught to act responsibly later on in life. Toys can teach self-control by enforcing consequences for bad behaviour. As a child can understand that a consequence is unpleasant and unacceptable, therefore, they learn self-control to avoid any consequences. Self-control is a crucial life skill, and learning to accept consequences is also beneficial. Parents are responsible to ensure that all their children"s behaviour is monitored and that their toys are age appropriate. If they do their job, then they can expose their kids to violence in a small enough dose as to ensure healthy, positive behaviours such as self control. Therefore, parents should be allowed to buy toys that promote violence.
In summary, I have discussed two major points: that by parents purchasing toys with a potential for promoting violence they can teach children to make good choices and develop skills to become responsible adults. And my second point was that exposing children to age appropriate toy diversity inoculates them against negative, violent behaviour. Therefore, we should not stop parents purchasing toys for their children that promote violence.
Mantizah

Pro

Your argument seems to be that toys that relate to and display violence don't actually promote it, which I agree with. But since we're arguing about toys that DO promote violence, let's try to figure out what those might be. Maybe an action figure that blatantly tells kids to perform acts of violence? Who would want to buy their kid that? Sounds kind of lame, anyway. Toys like that just don't sound worth it.
Debate Round No. 1
BunnyFeet

Con

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Mantizah

Pro

Mantizah forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
BunnyFeet

Con

BunnyFeet forfeited this round.
Mantizah

Pro

Yay for one round debates!
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Magistrate 3 years ago
Magistrate
Is this your actual speech? Nice.
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