November 20, 2013 by talkaboutyork
Sometimes people make mistakes. Senseless mistakes that make you ask ‘why did you do that?’ Being able to forgive a mistake is hard. Trust me on this, I know.
I made a mistake in writing a blog post about violent video games. Or rather, I made a mistake in the way in which I wrote it as it has upset several of my friends and contemporaries who believe they are implicated by it and that it was aimed at them and their children.
For the record: it wasn’t.
It was meant as a social commentary on a wider issue affecting many children and their parents. Due to my own poor writing ability and not thinking through how some of the words like ‘peers’ might be interpreted, it has deeply hurt some of the people who have trusted me most. For that I am profoundly sorry. My friends have done nothing other than open their homes to me and have supported my decisions in how I raise my children and the games I let them play.
I also apologise to my children who may feel the repercussions of my blog post as a result. I am deeply saddened that my words could cause upset to those I hold closest and whose best interests I have at heart.
While I apologise for the way in which I wrote and any misinterpretations, hurt and loss of trust that has resulted, I don’t apologise for my views on the games, which I still stand by. If this blog has generated a discussion amongst parents about which games are and aren’t appropriate for children to play on, then perhaps it wasn’t entirely wrong.
But that is little consolation for the loss of trust, friendship and hurt I have caused.
I am sorry.