Parents worry more about GTA than porn or booze

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Get drunk, watch porn but don't play GTA?

GTA worries parentsWhat They Play, a website which acts under the banner of 'The parent's guide to video games', recently commisioned two surveys, with some surprising results from the parents who responded. The first asked what the participants as parents, found most offensive, with the following results:

  • 37% found men & women having sex to be the most offensive.
  • 27% found two men kissing to be most offensive.
  • 25% found a graphically severed head to be the most offensive.
  • 9% found repeated usage of the 'F' word to be most offensive.
They were then asked to complete a second survey, and it was this one which held the surprising results. The parents were asked what they would be most concerned about when 17yr olds attended an unsupervised sleepover, and these are the results: 
  • 49% worried about dope smoking.
  • 19% worried about them playing GTA.
  • 16% worried about porn being watched.
  • 14% worried about alcohol consumption.
Considering the immediate physical dangers alcohol consumption can cause, we thought this would have ranked quite highly. Could these results, regarding playing GTA, be a symptom of the negative press gaming has received in the past few years? Maybe, but here's what John Davison, leader of What They Play, had to say:
"These poll results demonstrate that parents are as apprehensive about their children's media diets as they are about traditional social issues such as alcohol, drugs, violence and sex."
You can find the 'What they Play' article here. Are you a parent and if so what worries you the most? Discuss in our forum here
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