Ethics and Professionalism

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Copyright and Fair dealing


Giving Children access to Restricted games

In a Dominion Post article, McDonald (2009)[1] discusses an interview with Bill Hastings, Chief Censor of New Zealand, and quotes Mr Hastings as saying "If an adult gives a child aged under 18 access to a restricted video game - even in their own home - they are breaking the law. .. - such as the R-18 Grand Theft Auto series - they could be punished by up to 3 months imprisonment or a fine of up to NZ$30,000. ... studies had shown that repeated exposure to violence and sexual violence had an adverse effect on attitude, and it was important that some games were created for adults - not children." The article also identifies that Manhunt with its extreme graphic sadism, was the first video game to be banned in New Zealand.

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  1. McDonald, G. (2009, March 7). Call to jail parents who break video age limits. The Dominion Post,p.A3.

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