Call to jail parents who break video game age limits

Dominion Post 06 March 2009 

Parents who give their underage children access to violent video games should be prosecuted to serve as “shock value” to other families, says chief censor Bill Hastings. Laws around video games were “an even stricter regime than alcohol”, because if an adult gives a child aged under 18 access to a restricted video game even in their own home they are breaking the law, he said. Mr Hastings told The Dominion Post yesterday that if someone was caught knowingly allowing a child access to restricted video games such as the R-18 Grand Theft Auto series they could be punished by up to three months’ imprisonment or a fine of up to $10,000.

…Mr Hastings said studies had shown that repeated exposure to violence and sexual violence had an adverse effect on attitude, and it was important that parents realised some games were created for adults not children.