These would be the same people who certified the Indiana Jones films, which showed hearts being ripped out, exploding heads in graphic detail, impalement on spikes, gunshot wounds and decapitation, PG? I'm sure they have a great understanding of young minds, yes.
The majority of responsible and caring parents would trust their child within limits - so long as the child understands it's a silly computer game and bears no resemblance to real life, I see no problem with this. Playing Donkey Kong never made anyone throw barrels at plumbers, did it? The child wasn't crying because he couldn't get an ultra-mega-killscore, he was crying because some twats tried to get him banned from one of his pastimes.
How would you feel if someone banned you from outdated, tabloid-friendly societal outrage? I bet you'd cry.
The majority of responsible and caring parents would trust their child within limits - so long as the child understands it's a silly computer game and bears no resemblance to real life, I see no problem with this.
Yeah, there's absolutely nothing wrong with 7 year olds indulging in graphic representations of violence. No sir. Nothing to see here.
Yeah, a cartoon cat and mouse hitting each other is exactly the same as a realistic representation of humans being blown up and shot.
I might let a 7 year old watch a documentary about animals reproducing, but funnily enough I wouldn't let them watch a hardcore porno.
I haven't watched the video, and don't care to, so I won't comment on whether not this was bullying. But anyone who thinks that playing an 18 rated game online against strangers is suitable for a 7 year old needs a serious reality check.
My twelve year old plays Black Ops 2. Online and campaign modes. He's mature, sensible and self-censors too - he won't watch "jumpy" horror films (Jaws, Woman in Black etc) but has no problem with gore, so I'm happy for him to watch stuff like The Walking Dead etc.
My eight year old also plays first person shooters (although not online - waaay too many twats out there) as do virtually every one of his friends. As far as I'm concerned, it really is no different from when I was eight and we used to run around pretending to kill each other with cap guns etc.