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Old 12-05-2006, 03:12 PM
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kids are renting violent video games

Hi everyone, I was just wondering what you would do in my position. I came home from work last Friday and found my boys playing the most violent game I'd ever seen, called Saints Row or something. It was horrible that they could rent that from the video store! I called and complained and the video store manager apologized and said they'd rent only to me in the future. But the problem is that there are 3 other video stores within biking distance and I'm sure none of them care about the ratings system or renting to kids!

I don't want to take away their game consoles but I also don't know how I'm supposed to keep my kids from renting the shoot-'em-up games like they want to. Is there anything I can do? Or can all I do is hope these games don't desensitize them to violence?
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Old 12-05-2006, 04:22 PM
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How is it that the kids are able to get a membership without a credit card or driver's license?

I'd probably cancel your memberships at all the video stores and open new ones that only YOU have access to. If the kids want to rent a game they have to take you with them.

If they're old enough to drive or have a credit card, and you have explained that in your home they may not play such games, if they break that rule you could take away some essential (but easily removable) part of the game console...like the power cord or all the controllers...to be used only when you are home.
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Old 12-06-2006, 12:01 PM
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I really don't know about these video stores, I've heard some enforce the ratings systems and some don't. To be safe, you might want to consider Netflix or Gamefly, since they're online and have some parental controls, and if only you know the password then they can't rent without your approval.
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one of my son who is 14 got an r rated game from one of his friends who is 13. my husband called the parents and told them what was going on. then went to the video strore and complained. He told them that they were breaking the law and could get in alot of trouble for letting kids rent this stuff . no trouble since then.we canceld our membership.
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Old 01-20-2007, 10:05 PM
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They should not be able to get video cards without a parent's signature if they are minors. However, if they are using your cards, you can call the video stores where you have memberships and let them know that they are not to tell anyone rent anything except those who are listed on the account. If they rent them anyway, sent the games back, ask for your money back, and talk to the manager. I would make sure your kids do not have privilges to rent anything.
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