Bully game ‘danger’ to children
A “Bully” computer game sends out the wrong signals and should be withdrawn from sale, say UK teachers.
Campaigners claim the game glorifies bullying
They are part of a global coalition concerned about the impact of the game, which has been released in new formats.
Bully: Scholarship Edition “trivialises and glorifies bullying in school”, say opponents from eight international teacher groups.
UK retailers say they will not act as censors and will continue to sell the game to children over the age of 15.
The National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the Scottish Secondary Teachers’ Association (SCTA) are part of an international group which thinks the game could encourage bullying.
Although it carries a British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) 15 rating, campaigners fear Bully could get into the hands of much younger children.
The idea of a game that rewards bullies and those who engage in brutal and savage attacks is irresponsible in the extreme
Steve Sinnott, general secretary, NUT
The game, designed by US-based Rockstar Games and which goes on sale in the UK on 7 March, was originally launched in 2006 but has been updated for the new generation of games’ consoles – Xbox and Wii.
Author: BBC News, Education, 6th March 2008
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