Social Media Users Were Not Happy to See Prince George Playing With His New Toy

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Posted: Jun 12, 2018 5:00 PM
Social Media Users Were Not Happy to See Prince George Playing With His New Toy

While most of the media were fawning over Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s adorableness at their father’s polo match this week, a handful of Twitter users decided to twist the royal tots’ fun into something much more sinister. 

You see, Prince George was playing with a toy gun, something that was, and still is, a common child’s plaything. But that didn’t stop a select few from shaming Prince William and Duchess Kate for allowing the four-year-old to have some fun with the supposedly evil piece of plastic. What really set them off were photos of the young prince pointing the toy at other children, as well as his mother. 

Yes, the bright orange tip makes it look very real. 

The royals will never change, and apparently, the anti-gunners will never learn. That “gun/knife crime situation” Ms. Price speaks of continues to worsen despite the nation’s strict gun, and now knife, control laws. The tool—or in this case, the toy—isn’t the problem.

Kids have been messing around with toy weapons for decades, and experts say it’s more than okay.

In the light of the Prince George “controversy,” The Independent talked with some parenting coaches who actually think this type of play is important to a child’s growth (emphasis mine). 

“I understand why gun play worries parents, however research shows that any aggression demonstrated while engaging in 'war play' is not carried over into real life. ie: kids who play with guns become no more violent than those who don't,” Sarah Ockwell-Smith, parenting expert and author of The Gentle Discipline Book told The Independent. 

“Pretend play is an important way for children to make sense of the world; in an age where guns are becoming more prevalent, gun-play helps them to process what they may see on the news, or indeed be subject to in real-life in a safe way. 

Parenting coach Bea Marshall agrees, adding: “In my experience of raising my own sons, and also working with families around the world, one thing I have learned is that many children will find a way to create a gun no matter how hard you try to keep guns out of their world. Sticks, lego, wooden spoons and more are often turned into a gun and the intention behind it is completely innocent.

“As guns are a very real aspect of the world we live in today, whether the military, online gaming, movies or sport, I encourage parents to be part of their child's exploration of guns. 

Guns only become 'bad' when we give them that meaning. In doing so we introduce fear and control into our relationship with our children rather than focusing on connection and joy.

“As your child grows up they will naturally learn more about the various uses and consequences of guns and the connection you have created with your child will allow for deep and insightful conversations about this knowledge.”

In other words, banning children from playing with toy guns will do about as much as the United Kingdom’s actual gun ban: nothing.