Police Are Saying That Letting Your 11 Year-Old Drive Is Bad, Ticket Parents Which Is BULLSHIT

(Source)--"The driver of this car was 11-years-old. Yes, eleven,” tweeted Lancaster Road Police. "A family member was fed up with the child playing Grand Theft Auto all day on the Playstation, so brought him out to practice driving on a car park in Blackpool… The adult has been reported for traffic offences.”

A recent survey showed that while 86 percent of parents say their kids play games an excessive amount, three-quarters believe gaming has a positive impact on their children.

The other questionable part of this situation is that GTA V has a PEGI rating of 18+, so it’s not the most suitable game for an eleven-year-old, but studies have shown that most parents don’t pay attention to titles’ age ratings—as anyone who’s played the multiplayer element of CoD or GTA V can attest.

Well this is some BULLSHIT. All you ever hear is that kids need their parents to be "present". They need their parents to take interest in their interests. They need to go outside and do things. Well check, check, and CHECK. This guy saw his kid LOCKED into his video games for hours on end beating the shit out of people and driving around. What could possibly be cooler and more constructive than that for an 11 year-old. The answer is literally almost nothing. Grand Theft Auto was so sweet. Very few things can top that but one of them is absolutely having your parent let you drive for real. I remember my grandparents lived on a golf course in Florida when I was a little kid. We would go down there every single spring break and go to the beach and Disney and have a free place to stay. The unquestioened sweetest part of every trip was when my grandpa would let me cruise around the neighborhood in his golf cart. When you're below driving age, driving anything is the absolute coolest thing in the world. This kid's parent was taking that to the heart and letting him drive the family car in a parking lot. That is...good parenting. That is responsible. He wasn't driving in traffic. They were just having some quality time while being a little bit bad, but in a constructive way. Free these parents. Give them an award. Sing it Alan!