Online video games may expose kids to violent language, experts warn
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LOS ANGELES —
Imagine exposing your child to racial slurs and X-rated content on a daily basis without realizing it. Experts warn that’s exactly what could be happening if you let your child play an online video game through Xbox, PlayStation or on the computer.
Matthew Kinney loves to play online video games with his sons. What he doesn’t love? What his kids are hearing from the other players. Kinney calls it “language that would make a sailor blush.”
That’s not surprising, says Kevin Roberts, author of the book “Cyber Junkie,” considering the average gamer is 37 years old.
Roberts says when your child takes the game online and players start interacting, all content ratings go out the window.
“Incredible levels of profanity, racial epithets, homosexually-oriented epithets. We’re talking 8-, 9-, 10-, 11-year-old kids who are getting exposed to this regularly,” said Roberts.