Perspective: A WIS Editorial - Violent Video Games

The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that states cannot ban the sale or rental of violent video games to children. The court called the ban a violation of free-speech. So what does that mean to you, as a parent of young children?

Well, in essence the justices threw this issue back in the laps of parents saying it's up to you to decide what you will allow in your house. Should a youngster be able to rent any game, like those that allow players to assume the role of a carjacking, gun toting gangster? Boy, I sure hope not. The gaming industry does put ratings on the games to help you decide which ones are appropriate for children, but that's a lot of personal responsibility to assume.

There seems to be a lot of violence in all our lives…

Even old fashioned fairy tales like Hansel and Gretel or Snow White have dark and violent undertones. But in order to shelter our children from violence, it's ultimately up to each of us to decide what is right and tolerable in our own families.

That's my perspective. I'd like to know what you think.