My 7 y/o asked me to buy him the game Grand Theft Auto for his Nintendo DS. I had heard of this game but didn't know much about it. I asked my brother (video game geek) bout the game and he immediately told me NO- don't buy it for him, he's way too young, etc. He then explained that in the game they steal cars (obviously), kill people, pick up prostitutes, rape (!?!) the prostitutes, steal money. etc. Obviously, now that I know more about the game, I will NOT be buying it for my children.
But what bothers me is that my son has seen his friends play this game. He goes to a before/after school program at the school and the kids are allowed to bring their Nintendos DS on certain days. So I learned from my son that his friend (also 7 y/o) has Grand Theft Auto and has been playing it at the before/after school program. I am slightly disturbed by this! #1 I know this kid's parents and am disappointed that they bought this game for their 7 y/o. #2 Maybe the before/after school program should be paying closer attention to the games the younger kids are playing. I am on a friendly basis with the other kid's mother as well as the lady who runs the before/after school program so I am not sure how to handle the situation without offending anyone.
(p.s. Since there is no school next week- my son will be at the before/after school program ALL week and I would rather him not spend a week watching his friend play this video game!!)