Earlier this week I was producing Andrew Lawtons talk show on AM980. He was talking about the suicides happening in Woodstock and was taking callers on the matter. I’ll paraphrase what a caller said “Video games and movies are the reason why kids are doing this.” That couldn’t be further from the truth and more wrong if you tried. Yes, movies and tv shows and video games have an influence on anyone who watches them. They evoke emotions, it’s what they’re supposed to do to keep you engaged wanting more. However to say they’re the reason? No.
Video games, movies & media are not the reason why kids are killing themselves or why they hurt each other. You have to look closer to home
— Bryan Wood (@itsWoodrow) June 11, 2016
Think of parents as a filter on a furnace, they’re there to keep toxins out of the air so that no one in your house gets sick. If you don’t put a filter on, can you get mad at the air for having something your kid is allergic to?
Parents are the filter for children, while you can’t directly blame parents for everything a lot does come back to them. If you leave video games or movies to be what teaches your kid, yes there will be some influence. Does that mean that if the child tries to emulate what he sees is the fault of what they saw? If there’s not someone stepping in to listen to what they think, how will they know what’s right or wrong?
Think back recently to the Rated R movie Deadpool. Parents were freaking out that it was Rated R because their child wanted to see the movie but wouldn’t be able to. They weren’t aware of what the movie was going to be about or the content in it, they only knew what their child wanted without researching it themselves. I’ve even talked about that recently.
Everything in the end comes back to the parents and something that more recently is becoming more of a topic which is Mental Health.
I’ll leave you with this. The song “Blame Canada” from the Southpark movie.
The smut we must cut, the trash we must smash
Laughter and fun must all be undone
We must blame them and cause a fuss
Before someone thinks of blaming us