Call for age limit for violent computer games

The leader of one of Allianssi Finland’s leading youth organisations wants to ban the sale of violent video games to children under the age of 18.

Antti Kaikkonen, the chairman of the youth organisation Allianssi, wants to ban the sale of violent video games to children under 18.

Kaikkonen says that violent games are based on killing and destruction, and can have an influence on child behaviour.

He says that experts have long maintained that violent video games can harm a child’s development. Kaikkonen warns that games focusing on destruction have a negative effect on many children, leading to a blurring of the distinction between right and wrong.

Although he does not believe that a ban on sales would prevent children from getting access to violent games, Kaikkonen nevertheless feels that an age limit would be a signal from society about what is seen as good from the point of view of safe education.

STT