NZ Censor Threatens To Jail Parents Who Buy Violent Video Games For Kids
from the shock-value dept
Tony Eaton points us to the rather disturbing news that New Zealand’s “chief censor” (quite a title, there…), Bill Hastings, is interested in prosecuting parents who have bought their kids violent video games. Apparently parenting is no longer for parents, but for Bill Hastings to determine what is, and what is not appropriate:
“There would certainly be some shock value to prosecuting a parent who gives their under-18 child access to a restricted game. It would send out a message that the enforcement agency means business.”
Based on the law, parents prosecuted could face $10,000 fines or be put in jail for three months. Which do you think would do more harm to a child? Playing GTA or having their parent dragged through a show trial, for “shock value,” and dumped in jail for three months?