Primary schools in Liverpool are using Grand Theft Auto, a violent but popular video game, in order to teach the children the consequences of violent and improper behaviour.
The viewing of the A-rated video game is a part of the Get Real initiative, which has been sponsored by the City Council, the police department and the Merseyside's Support After Murder and Manslaughter group.
The project, which has also received a donation of £15,000 from the Home Office, intends to educate young children about the consequences of violent activities such as using a gun or hurting someone on purpose.
Grand Theft Auto, which is published by Rockstar Games, is said to have potentially violent and sexually explicit content, which is most definitely not suitable for children studying in primary schools.
However, the organisers of the project feel that children should be made aware of the consequences of a life of violence at an early age so that they are not attracted towards it when they grow up.
Expressing his views on the subject, Kevin Browne, who teaches forensic and family psychology at Birmingham University, told the Daily Mail that “Cartoons won't work when it comes to showing violence, and computer games rarely depict violence realistically so the consequences the children would see undermine the real consequences of violence.”
How GTA is going to prevent children from actually becoming gangsters at a later stage in life remains to be seen. Not that there's much to be done either to prevent youngsters from acquiring those games or to prevent them from actually causing harm. There have been a number of cases during the past year to illustrate that.