|QUOTE (blakeney @ Thursday, Feb 28 2013, 21:15)|
|How old are your kids for you to not be bothered about the violence/gore? I know my 2yo probably at this point wouldn't properly be able to distinguish the difference between a game or a film/real footage of someone being shot/ran over etc.|
Many years ago, a friend of mine sometimes visited my place, and he would bring along his kid (age maybe 3 or so). I have a collection of Hot Wheels and other bigger toy cars for kids to play with when their parents bring them over, so the kid was familiar with the toys.
SIn that same time frame, several years ago, I was on a video call with that friend, and he put the kid on his lap so he could say hi to me over video. I brought up one of the toy cars to the camera, to remind the kid that this video was coming from the place where he plays with the cars. The kid immediately reached for the screen to try to grab the car, and he was disappointed that he could not grab the car. Like you say, he could not distinguish the real world experience of playing with cars from the car on the screen.
Bottom line is that not only can little kids not tell screen images from reality, they also can be scared by things they see on screen, for that same reason. So one has to be careful, especially when the possibility exists of exposing somebody else's kid to to something onscreen that the parent does not approve of.
In the modern age of DVDs and cable TV (not to mention video games), this situation can come up suddenly when you don't anticipate it, when an adult friend drops in with their kids, or your young cousins or nephews stop by, for example. So you have to be ready to hide the GTA disk.