Recently, an 11-year-old girl explained to me how her 10-year-old brother got a dildo gun and penis sword in Saints Row IV, a video game that was released last month.
A couple of days later my 9-year-old son and his 10-year-old friend came home and shared with me a playground discussion about their friend’s exploits in a “strip joint” in Grand Theft Auto 5.
“She was, like, waving her butt in his face!” the friend explained to me, obviously barely able to even conceive of such an act.
It might strike some as shocking that there are such things as dildo guns and strip clubs in video games. Others might be angry that children are being exposed to them.
After some discussion with these kids, however, there was a much more disquieting issue at play: a complete lack of parental engagement. Continue reading