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Playing Outdoors Causes Dangerous Behavior In Children
An interesting article caught my eye over on Jalopnik this morning. (Jalopnik is a blog for car fans.) It was an upsetting read as a 9-year-old child stole his parents' car and led police on an 80 mile per hour car chase. "Oh man, I bet they found some way to relate this to video games," I thought.

"...he got mad at his parents and stole their car after they made him quit playing..." is one of the first things the Jalopnik article says. They must be referring to video games! What's this? He was upset they told him to come in from playing outside?! How could this be? Video games cause evilness! The outdoors is where kids are supposed to go to grow up healthy and well adjusted!

While the story itself is somewhat tragic (luckily the child seems to be mostly unharmed), I think it's an important one for parents to read. Had they yelled at him to stop playing Grand Theft Auto the world would be up in arms against the evils of video games. I bet very few would blame the parents for letting their 9-year-old play such a game. However, this story will most likely be forgotten in a matter of days because there is nothing easy to blame..

The Article at Jalopnik

This entry was cross posted over at NWR.
By Mike on September 2, 2009 at 10:20am EDT Topic(s): parenting car chase video game violence games

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