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UK Schools Threaten To Report Parents To Police If Kids Play Violent Video Games

| by Michael Allen
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Schools in Nantwich, England, say they will report parents to the police or social services if their kids play or watch adult video games such as "Call of Duty" and "Grand Theft Auto."

A letter warning parents was sent out in February by the Nantwich Education Partnership, which is a group of 16 schools in the Nantwich area of Cheshire, reports The Telegraph.

Mary Hennessy Jones, the headteacher, or principal, of Pear Tree School, wrote the letter to parents, which has been posted on Audlem.org:

"Several children have reported playing, or watching adults play games which are inappropriate for their age and they have described the levels of violence and sexual content they have witnessed: 'Call of Duty,' 'Grand Theft Auto,' 'Dogs of War' and other similar games, are all inappropriate for children and they should not have access to them.

"...If your child is allowed to have inappropriate access to any game or associated product that is designated 18-plus we will are advised to contact the Police and Children's Social Care as it is neglectful."

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The letter also warned parents about allowing children to use social media sites and apps like Facebook and WhatsApp, notes The Independent.

Jones added:

"Access to these games or to some social media sites such as those above increases early sexualized behaviors (sometimes harmful) in children and leaves them vulnerable to grooming for sexual exploitation or extreme violence."

Sources: The Independent, The Telegraph, Audlem.org
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