How sheltered would you aim at when bringing up your kid? How controlling would you be about their interests or the games they play?
I kind of think I'm pretty strict about this but I've met parents who're stricter in other ways and it weirds me out, I know of one person lately who told me that they had a quarrel with grandparents who bought their child a NERF gun because they are strictly opposed to the child having guns or playing with guns.
NERF? Really? They dont really look like any guns I remember playing with growing up and most of the standard plastic ratatat guns I had growing up, to say nothing of cap guns, have totally and utterly been pulled from UK stores and all you can get now, legally because I've checked this out with Amazon, are dayglow coloured things which are very obviously make believe pieces of place, unmistakeably so, what are legal pellet or BB guns similarly bare little resembalene to actual guns.
This parent who told me about this actually profess some pretty radical left wing politics, lots of hating on the rich for being rich, assuming the worst about wealthy people, people in management, anticipating conflict with all the same, becoming disappointed if they dont encounter it. All of which makes me really wonder. Do they think that there's never been any guns in the history of the revolutions and power struggles they champion? The historical left wing aversion to firearms hasnt ever done them any benefit in a crisis or in the face of criminals or fascists.
Another parent I know stopped their kid going over to play with neighbouring kids because while they didnt have any toy guns in their house neighbouring kid did, now this kids toys are all space age things and he has silly lazer sounds and star wars or dr who gizmos, his parents are fans of that and I know for a fact that dad bought him that stuff because he wanted to play with it. Anyway, kid comes back from his neighbours and for a while afterwards is seen pointing and making "pow, pow, bang, you're dead" sounds. That was enough for his mum to go and talk with the other neighbouring family and decide to call of any future play dates.
It could just be that I know what really terrible neglectful parenting is like but this seems all a little OTT, when I was growing up we had all sorts of war make believe and dragon slaying make believe and alien slaying make believe and just about anything. It was all make believe and probably better than some of the shocking stuff I've seen in games for consoles now.