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Playing guns - September 18th 2010, 11:03 PM

I think it's probably been disscussed, but since the issues come up at work I wanted to get some opinions.

Should preschool kids be able to play guns? The kids in class like to play super hero (Batman, Iron Man, etc) and shoot bad guys, build guns with blocks. Etc.
My dad's favorite thing to do at that age was to play cowboys and indians, and me and all my cousins used to play cops and robbers. And I don't think it had any negative affects on us. I understand that it's violent but doesn't it also distinguish good and evil/bad?

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Re: Playing guns - September 18th 2010, 11:07 PM

i see nothing wrong with it...
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Re: Playing guns - September 19th 2010, 01:00 AM

it really depends on the children but i think in a pre school it should be a no as there is many different kids who all have parents with different beliefs i know my mum never let us have toy guns or hand cuffs we were allowed water guns of course but thats because it was seen as a water pistol and not a play weapon
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Re: Playing guns - September 19th 2010, 05:14 AM

I don't see any issues. Just let kids be kids.
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Re: Playing guns - September 19th 2010, 05:21 AM

Nah, I think it's fine for kids to play "guns" or whatever we want to call it. If playing with fake weapons "damaged kids" well then up until the 80's we should have had messed up people everywhere.

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Re: Playing guns - September 19th 2010, 12:58 PM

As long as they aren't real guns, I'm fine with it.

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Re: Playing guns - September 22nd 2010, 10:01 AM

I also don't see anything wrong with it

Guns aren't bad in general. I actually think it is a good thing to experience it early with toys and not get curious later on growing up and have easier access to the real thing.
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Re: Playing guns - September 22nd 2010, 02:05 PM

I don't see a problem with it. When kids are pretending to have guns, I doubt they're actually thinking about killing their friend.

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Re: Playing guns - September 22nd 2010, 07:07 PM

i was totally different and quiet as a youngish child but i see nothing wrong with it. they can pretend guns using hands. then squirt guns at the age of 6. kids are supposed to get to know the real life as fast as possible. can you imagine an adult keeping their kid from knowing what arrows, knives or guns are at all. that way child reaches age of 13 and still does not know what weapons are? what would that look like?

my point is that these games you mentioned are just a part of growing up. and you cannot keep your boy/girl from seeing guns, since media spreads in a minute this century, even a todd is about to see movies(or whatever) sooner than later. like i already started watching batman movies as a 5 year old, just an example.

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