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No this is not funny.
Whether or not it is a joke, I’ve gone onto the channel and there are multiple videos similar to this, which makes me think they’re fake.
These videos enforce the idea to parents that yes, the answer to stop your child becoming obsessed with games is to DESTROY them.
No. This is not funny. It is things like this that cause events such as the father who SHOT his daughter’s laptop to bits to occur. These jokes enforce the attitude that people are ‘wrong’ for loving games.
For wanting to play games.
For some people (including myself), games are a serious escape from horrid realities. The only escape some people can get. The idea that this man (boy?) is wrong for being so upset is disgusting to me?
This is horrific. This is abuse. This is wrong.
This is a sure fire way to get your kids to hate you.
do people not understand how much video games cost?
Video games are a multi-billion dollar business. Some people are good at it. Very good. Do not squander your child’s talents, help them realize them and strengthen them. There are other ways to get your child outside without destroying their games and everything they work for. This won’t solve anything; this will only set them back further.
do this to your childs anything and they will automatically hate you/not trust you
It doesn’t matter what it is
It doesn’t matter if its their video games or if its their smoking pipe
If you just destroy it/throw it away, you are giving no explanation as to why it’s bad/you don’t want them to have it
This can actually psychologically mess a kid up because you teach them that if someone doesn’t like something, they should destroy it
That can lead to some serious problems with socializing with others and other things
dont do that to people
I had a notebook I used to write in all the time. I did that thing that Margo did in Paper Towns where she criss crossed her writing, but I did it so I’d have enough room to write everything. I took it everywhere wtih me and wouldn’t let my parents even start the car unless I had in in my lap. My dad got really annoyed by this and said I needed to throw the notebook away, what was written in it wasn’t important anyway (it was to me, very much so). So one day he took and ran it through the paper shredder.
Ever since I’ve had an intense fear of losing my notebooks and currently have a colletion of 53 blank notebooks and 16 that have been written in because I’ve started hoarding them.
Long story short, don’t fucking do this to your kids. You think it’s harmless and some people even think it’s clever, but you’re really just an asshole and are causing actual psychological problems for your children.
I have a plush rabbit that I’ve had since Easter of the year I was born (I was about 2 months old when I got it). It quickly became a comfort thing for me and I used to go everywhere with it as a child. When my mum and dad split up was when I became kind of dependent on having it around.
If ever I did anything wrong mum always threatened to take it away from me, which obviously caused my 6-year-old self to kick and scream and cry because I needed it.
One day I lost it for 6 or 7 months (turns out it was in my room the whole time but shh it was very well hidden & neither myself or my mum know how it got there)
That was the point that my mum realised she couldn’t threaten to take it away because holy shit I changed so much in those months.
Seriously, if your child is dependent on something, or takes great comfort in having it around
DO NOT TAKE IT FROM THEM.
It does not matter how old your child is, what their comfort item is, if it’s a video games console - don’t take it from them. If it’s their phone - don’t take it from them. If they’re 18 and still sleep with a teddybear - don’t take it from them.
This also goes for if your child is self-harming. If they have a blade in their bedroom and you find it DO NOT THROW IT OUT. Talk to them about it, be as supportive as you can, but do not think “oh well if I get rid of it they’ll be fine”. It can be seriously distressing and also lead to them becoming creative with what they use.
Also, if you do stuff like this, you’re literally destroying someone else’s property. That guy PAID for those games (he says so in the video) and the dad had no right to destroy them. If he did it to literally ANYONE ELSE he’d be in jail for destruction of property. But ‘oh he’s my kid, I can do whatever I want to his stuff’ is unfortunately a common mentality.
People, for some reason, love to watch parents get violent and aggressive with their kids.
If you are worried your child is using games as a form of escaping reality or not facing reality you should provide them with a safe space, instead of being responsible for destroying their safe space. How will they trust you if you take away what makes them feel safe or good about themselves?
If you are really worried, talk to your children, listen, take their angst seriously. You may think their doubts are silly ‘cause you’ve been through this or through similar stuff and survived, but remember they haven’t: they are facing it now and it’s a huge deal. It’s not silly.
Or maybe you don’t understand for some other reason, but what should matter is that it matters to your child/teenager/etc.
If you are specially worried, see if your kid is up with trying therapy. Remember that the person who should feel comfortable and safe with the therapist is your child, not you and that therapy means changes that are good for your kid, not changes that turn your kid into what you always expected of ‘em, etc. Remember it won’t “fix” ‘em. Remember it’s about your child feeling safe, feeling good, being able to live, not you or your expectations or society expectations of them. Never about fixing them.
Still, I’m really surprise how popular videos of parents destroying kid’s computers, games, etc are so adored. It seems like people perceive every kid or teenager as an entitled brat and that violence will solve everything (as it does in movies, in series, in so many media we consume, I guess). We like to think we were different as kids or perhaps we expect other kids to suffer as we did, I don’t know…
Existing is fucking hard, no matter what age you are at. All the expectations, impressions and thoughts parents have about their children weight upon their shoulders. Yet they have to be their own person in a world that quickly shows signs of not being safe, good, just or kind. It’s not that easy. And I’m sure being a parent is fucking hard as well. Being there when kids are still discovering the shitty world we already live in, seeing them suffer for things we wish we were suffering for, it’s hard. But no one starts knowing it all. No one starts as an adult…. So allow them to cry now about lollipops falling on the floor, or shirts being blue instead of green, or a crush in high school, or bad grades in math. ‘Cause soon they too will be crying over bills and jobs, so let them at least have some comfort while it’s available, while you exist in this world for them. It won’t last forever, so let it be good while it does.
I dunno… just some thoughts.