Would You Let Your Child Play Grand Theft Auto V?

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It has been revealed that 1 in 4 UK Mums would let their underage children play the upcoming title, Grand Theft Auto V.

500 mums took part in a survey conducted by Babies.co.uk in association with gaming website ConsoleDeals.co.uk. It was revealed that 27% would let their underage child play the upcoming over 18 game despite its themes of drug dealing, armed robbery, racism, murder, prostitution, sex, terrorism, swearing and drink driving.

30% revealed that that their decision on allowing or not allowing their underage children to play 18-certificate games depended on the content. However, lack of awareness may be preventing them from making informed decisions.

Phil Jones, owner of ConsoleDeals.co.uk stated:

Some parents argue that mature video games are no worse than what their children see on television and in films. However, experts believe that the way video games put the player in control of the action makes the content more ‘real’ – especially to impressionable young minds. Most parents would be shocked if they knew the level of violence in games like Grand Theft Auto, The latest release features more immersive gameplay than we’ve ever seen before. For example, one element of gameplay encourages users to shout into their microphone in order to speed up the rate at which they rob a bank!

James Macfarlane, Managing Director of Babies.co.uk added:

Many of our users believe that banning their children from playing certain games would only make them want to play them even more. They think that it is safer for their children to play these games under their own roof where they can keep an eye on them.

So we ask you, would you let your child play Grand Theft Auto V? Let us know your thoughts via the comment section below.

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