Rebecca Hagelin

But instead of a flag, the player kidnap a woman and slaps her around a bit if she resists in fear.

How to Save Your Family: Speak Up

Many parents pay no attention to the content of video games they allow in their homes. It's way past time to smarten up and protect our children from the adults who seek to manipulate them and their world views through "innocent" games.

And unless we speak out, our children may be exposed to such trash when we least expect it-in stores, arcades, and in the homes of their friends.

Karen took the right steps to defend her son's innocence-and to insist on respect for women. She asked that the game be removed from the open area, and when employees refused, she vowed to take her business elsewhere.

She also opened a conversation with the parents who hosted the birthday party-who had been completely unaware of the situation. Like Karen and the vast majority of other parents, they never thought to check on the video games' content because they assumed that a "family fun" arcade would be safe for, well, families.

Even though the particular employees that Karen contacted proved unresponsive, Karen isn't stopping there. She has a conversation scheduled with the manager. She's going to let him know that the restaurant's family-friendly reputation is on the line and that she plans to notify other parents of the problem.

Finally, within our own families, let's celebrate the dignity of women and uphold a standard that insists on respect for all women---even characters in a virtual world.

Rebecca Hagelin

Rebecca Hagelin is a public speaker on the family and culture and the author of the new best seller, 30 Ways in 30 Days to Save Your Family.
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