FROM THE NEWS DESK
There’s plenty of research around to indicate that playing violent video games can lead to violence in real life.
So I’ve been pleasantly surprised to see that any screen time some of the country kids at my local school are getting seems to be filled with a farming simulator programme.
If you thought mowing the lawns was boring, these machinery-mad kids are perched in front of a screen watching a computer generated person do the job, or testing the limits of the latest tractors as they plough up an imagined hill, complete with commentary. Seriously.
From what I can tell they have to earn points by selling their finished product, which means they can buy or lease equipment or upgrade to bigger models of what they already have.
There are benefits to this they’re learning about running a farm and operating a business, which can’t all be bad.
Much better than crashing cars or shooting cops, I hope.