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ASK THE EXPERT with Kimberly Moffit

Q. My 16-year-old son wants that video game Grand

Theft Auto for Christmas but I have heard there is all kinds of graphic sex and violence in the game. I don’t think I want him playing a game like that but am wondering if I am being over-protective. I mean, it’s a video game. It can’t be as bad as a graphic movie...can it? I have a feeling if I don’t buy it, he’s going to go out and get it himself with money he gets this Christmas. How do I stop him?

Kimberly Moffit is one of Canada’s most experienced relationship experts and provides practical advice about parenting and psychological topics. She’s a regular speaker for Queen’s University’s MBA and Women in Leadership Programs, and a frequent lecturer at the University of Waterloo. Kimberly also makes regular TV appearances on shows including CTV’s Canada AM, CBC’s The National, City TV News and Global TV’s Morning Show, to name a few.

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A. The truth is, graphic and

explicit content can be damaging and sometimes even traumatic for all people—not just minors. Video games typically get the blame because many popular games are violent and because games generally find their way into the hands of children. Even though video games are guilty of containing graphic and violent content, what is equally frightening is the pornography or beheadings that children can access on the Internet with the click of a button. The world is full of things that can harm our children, and it is our

responsibility to ensure their safety to the best of our ability until they can make educated decisions on their own as adults. The answer lies in both your parenting approach and standards for what is acceptable content for your son. If you’re worried about Grand Theft Auto, talk to other parents who have seen the game or research the graphic scenes on the Internet. Your own reaction to the material will generally give you a baseline to what you feel is appropriate for your son to play. It may be important to have a conversation with your son

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