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Friday, 6 February 2015

Do your children play with toy guns?

Do your children play with toy guns? 

Yesterday my son was put on the 'sad face' side of the board which made me question his teacher why? When she explained to me that my son (who's only 4 and in Reception) was told off because he had made a gun 'shape' with his hand whilst playing with his friends I was rather shocked and didn't know what to say. Is it wrong that he's shouting pow pow in an imaginary game whilst running around with the other boys who are all doing the same?

It's been bugging me all night, I found myself trying to answer the question "Is it wrong to let your children play with toy guns?" My first answer is NO, I don't. 

When I was little I had a potato gun that shot pieces of potato at my brother and sister. I had musical guns that lit up and played music. I even had bubble guns that blew beautiful bubbles when I fired it and I turned out ok, didn't I? I'm not a manic or even a bad person. I was just a child playing with a toy, using my imagination and having fun!


My son has got lots of toy guns but none of them represent a real gun. All my children have Nerf guns that blast foam pieces, lots of families I know have them too. They were one of the most popular toys given last Christmas, they're still guns so are they wrong? My son has star wars style guns that make sci fi sounds and light up, again it's just a fun toy.

I get so angry when people say that playing with toy guns are wrong but then they let their kids play over 18 certified video games that show explicit scenes of violence which I find much more. None of my kids play video games that aren't suitable for their ages. The age restrictions are there for a reason which I totally agree with and stick to 100%.

Back to my question though, do your children play with toy guns? As long as the toy isn't a replica of a real gun then I don't see why not. Kids are just kids and it's just a game. They're not being harmful or malicious, they're simply just playing a game and having fun.

I know there's a lot of bad stuff going on in the world that involves real guns but surely that's more to do with the bad people in the world rather than the toys that they used to play with?

I'm struggling to find it okay for a teacher to tell my son he's naughty for playing with an invisible gun that he made his hand into. He's just a 4 year old boy so if you are going to tell him that what he's done is naughty then I hope you've also explained why you're saying that. If you think his imaginary gun is offensive or hurtful then you tell him that as I honestly don't have a problem with him making his hand into a gun and shouting pow pow. He's just a boy playing a game. He's not trying to hurt anyone, he's not trying to upset anyone, he's just playing a game. Sometimes I feel really sad what the world has come to.

Do your children play with toy guns?

12 comments:

  1. I agree with you, my children play with guns (as did I!) and I've turned out OK :)

    Will they be stopping the children 'driving' around the playground in make-believe cars as in 'real life' they can't do this until age 17? Maybe I'm being obtuse, but you get my drift.... :)

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    1. It's true though. Everything offends someone now - what has the world come to when a child can't play with a traditional toy like a plastic gun. Cowboys and Indians had guns way back before I was even born. It's getting really silly now x

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  2. I think toy guns desensitize children. Just like violent video games do. I don't allow my children to have toy guns. My daughters friend once came over with a toy flick knife. I was completely shocked it even existed! I confiscated it until he left. If violence (through play or real) is part of normal life, it becomes normal for them. It's not as shocking. These kids who play grand theft auto for example...they're so used to seeing extreme violence it's not shocking to them in the real world. I don't want my children "pretending" to kill each other!

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    1. I know what you mean, I don't like the idea of children 'pretending' to kill each other but it's all just a normal part of growing up. I really believe that they are just innocently playing and don't mean any harm at 4 years old x

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  3. The invisible gun thing in school is ridiculous though!

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    1. It is, isn't it. He's just a 4 year old boy who was playing a game. I don't think he was being naughty x

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  4. I totally agree with you I think it's sad that a little boy can no longer "pretend" play because it may cause offence or hurt. I think what's really needed is that our children are educated when they are old enough as to the dangers of guns or any thing that could cause serious harm if misused. My 3 boys play with their nerf guns, use lego to make guns and like your little boy use their fingers. They also know that real guns are very dangerous and can hurt people so if they ever saw one they're not to go near it under any circumstances (not that they have ever seen a real gun other than on the few TV programmes / films they've seen with them in). I know many people will disagree with what I have said (and probably what you have said too) but I for one wish the PC brigade would just loosen their grip just a little bit xx

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    1. Aw thank you Louise, I can imagine a lot of people will disagree with me but I don't care. My children are well behaved, well mannered and considerate. I believe they should be allowed to play and don't take too kindly to them being told off for doing so.
      The world has changed so much lately but my opinions and beliefs sure haven't. x

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  5. I love the White net skirt, every little girl loves a petticoat !

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    1. Hiya , I think you've left your comment on the wrong post ;) x

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  6. Spud guns are the dogs danglers. So much fun. I think the teacher was being tight.

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  7. Playing with toy guns, gives people an opportunity to point out was is play and that really hurting someone is wrong.

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