This page gives you some information to help you determine what is acceptable for your child

Games violence policy

What we don't allow

Our children experience varying degrees of violence in films and games. Although some are acceptable and part of growing up, there are clearly levels of graphic depiction that are unsuitable for young learners. Therefore our game making activities exclude ..

  • all shooting / gun related games for all year 2 and 3 students
  • age inappropriate subjects and images
  • any 12+ style content for primary school learners
  • graphic images
  • bad language

What we do allow

Although we do not actively encourage year 4, 5, 6 and older children to make shooting games, we can engage with those children individually or in a small group who are keen to create them and have tutorials and code script examples to help them do so.

Shooting games generally involve advanced scripting and techniques which can advance a child’s programming, logic, maths and problem solving skills.

For your information, the three primary activities at our year 4/5/6 clubs are ..

  • Game making exercises - during which the whole class, or groups of children, follow our tutorials to create games. None of these games involve shooting.
  • Individual tutorials - A child follows an individual written tutorial. Some tutorials involve shooting type games.
  • Creative game making - Children design and create their own games. Some children are keen to create shooting games.

Degrees of violence in games

Parents will be aware that there are varying degrees of violence in many computer games. For example ..

  • space invader arcade type games
  • snowball fight
  • a fantasy game in which a wizard throws fireballs at a dragon or monster
  • zombie survival games
  • first person shooter games

To some extent the level of graphic detail in games determines how appropriate a game may be. The shooting games that primary school children are able to create are usually quite simplistic and don’t have graphic details to them, certainly nothing like Call Of Duty or any 12+ games.

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