Par­ents urged to su­per­vise kids’ gam­ing

The Gulf Today - - Home - BY NA­DIA SUL­TAN

DUBAI: Dubai Po­lice have warned par­ents against ne­glect­ing to keep a close watch of their chil­dren as they play on­line games or use apps and pro­grammes on smart de­vices and Plays­ta­tion de­vices, which have games bear­ing a lot of vi­o­lence and crim­i­nal­ity that are con­trary to the UAE’S tra­di­tions and cul­tures.

Par­ents were also re­quested to keep their chil­dren com­pletely away from such vi­o­lent and dan­ger­ous elec­tronic games as they have a neg­a­tive bear­ing on their be­hav­iour.

Lt. Colonel Rashid Al Falasi, Di­rec­tor of the Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion De­part­ment, stressed that the Vic­tim Sup­port Sec­tion suc­ceeded in restor­ing the be­hav­iour of a 14-year-old girl back to nor­mal af­ter re­ceiv­ing a call from a hos­pi­tal that she was adopting a hos­tile be­hav­iour among her peers.

As soon as the call was re­ceived, ex­pe­ri­enced women from the Vic­tim Sup­port Sec­tion vis­ited the girl, who was found to be vi­o­lent against ev­ery­one around her. She even used a knife in the face of her fa­ther who was jok­ing with her.

The women es­tab­lished that the girl pos­sessed a num­ber of videos in which she ap­peared while car­ry­ing knives and im­i­tat­ing per­son­al­i­ties she had seen in elec­tronic games.

She was found to be spend­ing most of her time at home play­ing games, which also re­flected on the way she wore clothes and the way she walked.

It was clear to the vis­it­ing women that the girl was fre­quently left alone at home with these elec­tronic games with­out any con­trol or guid­ance, which re­flected on her un­sta­ble be­hav­iour and ex­treme hos­til­ity.

Since the case was the re­sult of the girl’s par­ents’ neg­li­gence, Al Falasi said the girl’s mother was called and given some tips on how to deal with her child and how to keep her oc­cu­pied dur­ing leisure time.

Al Falasi said that by reg­u­larly fol­low­ing up the girl’s case, a pos­i­tive change seemed to have taken place and she was in a bet­ter con­di­tion, ad­ding that strict fol­low-up will be ob­served un­til her case is re­solved.

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