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Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

What to do when summer camp breaks house rules?

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This week my 11-year-old son is attending a video game design camp through one of the local school systems in our new community. I thought it would be a nice way to keep his mind active and to help him meet some guys with similar interests. So they are working on some graphic design programs, some coding programs but then for two of the six periods they get to just play video games. And today he was allowed at camp to play two video games that I don’t allow at home — “Mortal Kombat” and “Call of Duty.”

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In general I don’t allow my kids to play “Mature”-rated games. I don’t like graphic, realistic first-person shooter games or graphic, realistic fighting games. There are some games on Steam that he plays where you are shooting others but the graphics are not good and definitely not realistic.

I was so surprised when my son told me the camp allowed them to play these games.There were much younger kids there as well. So the questions is do I say something to the camp director? Do I make a stink about why the camp has the games? Do I say I don’t want my son to play them? But then he is ostracized from the group and the whole point in going was to meet people. Or do I just release on this and not worry about it? It’s one week, and it doesn’t change my rules at home.

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