The Grand Theft Auto Manual
These days, a very interesting pilot program is being ran in several schools in the region. Backed by £15,000 grant from the government, the schools and several charities have set up the so called "Get Real" program: a teaching scheme which uses images taken from the Grand Theft Auto video game and several violent cartoons like Itchy and Scratchy, to teach children about the effects of violence in real life.
Now, the reasoning behind the whole thing is this: show the kids violent images and they'll stop becoming desensitized by violence. Hookers, crooks, shotguns being fired, axes, chainsaws, bloody baseball bats, these are only a few of the things show to the children.
"They think it's normal life. We're telling them this is not real, this does not go on and it should not go on," Gaynor Bell, from the charity Support After Murder and Manslaughter was quoted as saying by digitalspy.co.uk.
One, however, may see things a little different. While the program itself may indeed do a good job at defining the "good," "bad," and "real" concepts, it's rather likely the images shown in class will increase the appetite children have for video games.