Enforce the game ratings and be done with this topic. Parents need to be more educated about what their children are playing. Also, I agree with the comment that when new media comes out there is always fear of how it affect people. For example, long time ago there was much outcry about comic books being too violent and affecting the minds of children. We hear nothing about this now. Video games will be fine once we utilize the ratings set for it, parents ability to screen and set parameters in gaming consoles to prevent young kids from playing M rated games, and so on. Forcing a mandatory (additional) law basic on skewed research utilizing bad investigative practices is just plain ridiculous.
@XCyberForceX I agree with you wholeheartedly yet there is one flaw to your statement: the reliance on parents to do their jobs. This to me, is the one big fail our current generation is facing. For some reason there is a large percentage of parents that don't put the proper time into their children. Too many use video games/movies etc. as babysitters even when they don't need to. Part of the reason is the generation gap where the parents are not gamers and don't understand the medium. So they don't spend enough time with their kids and they supplement that time with an inappropriate medium.
@Lotus69 @XCyberForceX You're absolutely right. My statement is flawed when considering that non-gamer parents would be able to handle such things. I'm a gamer parent and find it not a problem ... at times my son hates that I know more about gaming that he does. I use parental controls and all that stuff. I even expressed to some parents to help them become more familiar with these options. But as you so stated they aren't interested. So here lies the root of the problem, parents that fail to parent.
@XCyberForceX My kids haven't gotten to the age where they realize that I know more than them and that I'm in control of these types of settings. They're just happy to have some screen time, be it mobile, console or desktop. I'm worried about staying on top of them when they get into high school. Balancing their use of social media and my need as a parent to know what's going on. This is another area that we as parents need to take an active role in. Teaching our kids what's appropriate to post online, how to manage your social profile, how to react to different social issues (bullying etc). It's really very different from when I was a kid/teenager. Heck my kids are always touching screens thinking that everything is a multi-touch display. It can be pretty funny at times.