Thursday 19 April 2018

Computer games lead 'to jeers in the school'

Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

Violent computer games are being blamed for young schoolboys calling girls and boys abusive names in the playground.

Caroline Mhic Roibin, principal of Gaelscoil an Mhuilinn, in Mullingar, Co Westmeath, criticised the computer generated scenes simulating sex and racist violence in one of the best-selling video games of all time – Grand Theft Auto.

Ms Mhic Roibin said the over-18s game was having a "detrimental impact", with abuse heard in the playground including girls being called "whores" and boys "n***ers".

The game sees players take on the role of American gangsters who use racial insults and it features sexual acts, with players able to visit an interactive strip club.

Ms Mhic Roibin said a boy recently came to school with the handbook that goes with the game. It featured stills from a brothel. "There were pictures of a naked woman. The game explains how you can manipulate the girl so that she turns around. She also performs a sex act on a character called Trevor," the principal said.

"Children would go around saying the word 'n***er' in the playground," she said. Late last year the head wrote a letter to parents urging them not to buy "unsuitable" games over the Christmas period.

A spokesperson for the Justice Department said retailers were expected to act in a responsible manner selling video games.

Irish Independent

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