In most countries many addictive products are restricted. Gambling, tobacco, alcohol and many other drugs are controlled or kept out of reach of children.
While video games are not in the same league as these things, in the hands of children, addictive games can consume precious time and stand in the way of sleep and educational success – few games prepare kids for exams. In addition, they can increase the chances of childhood obesity by getting in the way of exercise.
In theory children could exert greater self control and parents could restrict screen time. In practice some children will lack sufficient will power and some parents sufficient time and discipline.
Given the addictive nature of some games used by children, how ethical is it for the companies to profit from them?
What do you think?