Alright, I'll enter my opinion from a child's standpoint. (If you think that 14 is still a child. I do...)
I agree with almost all of the posts on here about discipline. Strangely enough, I'm glad that my parents spanked me. I was never grounded until I hit age 11. Back when I was younger, my parents would spank me any time that I did something wrong. And then, my dad would have a conversation about morals with me. If I ever did the thing again, it would result in another spanking. When I would do stuff like that in public though, my parents would count to 3, if I didn't stop by then, they would drop what they were doing, and take me home for an immediate spanking/talking to. I really thought this has made me a better person. I'm glad they did it now that I see what the teenagers do that weren't disciplined properly. I have kids bringing in weed and other drugs into my school.
I also agree with most of the gaming posts. Even though I'm not even old enough to play the game, I still do. My parents were very strict at first, and they have become more lenient over time. When I first started playing games (before I could read), my parents would read the game out loud to me (of course censoring out the bad stuff). I could beat my dad at Star Craft and War Craft (the ORIGINAL War Craft) by the age of 6. When my dad realized that he was getting beaten, he transfered me to Racing games on the PS1. I played the hell out of Crash Bandicoot. He also took it upon himself to get me into sports and comic books, so that I would be a well-evened boy. But if I did not make strait A's on my report card by 2nd grade, all of my stuff would be taken away + a good spanking. I learned that I must do well to get rewarded, which is not a trait learned much by children anymore.
I moved on to Sports games, and then to Action/Adventure games by the time I was 9. My parents knew the perils of online gaming, and didn't like the sound of it. (Even with my constant complaint of, "Everyone else has it!") When I turned 10, my parents let me play T rated games, which included a few FPS. The more I adapted to the FPS, the more my parents slackened up. When I turned 12, my dad bought me XBL. I was amazed by online gaming, and quickly became good at it. (Perfectionist qualities as well. ) I was monitored heavily, and was only allowed 1 hour of COD a day. My parents also put the block on other people's voices. When my parents saw my skill and interest growing, they allowed me to play with my friends on XBL. Then I had the wonderful pain of hearing my friends talking to non-existent voices. So my parents unlocked the talk feature to all other players. They also made it play through the speakers. Then, with my devious little mind. I would mute people any time my parents got near the room and say, "See! No one's bad on here!"
I did shadow my parents from what really happens in-game, but now they know. They also know that I'm mature enough to handle it, and not be a douchebag back. I think that children should slowly be let into the world of online gaming. And then still have a string on their foot, so you can pull them back anytime. Kids can be mature, they just choose not to.
My view on ratings: I was introduced to Halo 2 when I was about 9. I knew it was rated M, and that I shouldn't play it, but I did anyway. I found that it was less gruesome than most T rated games I had played. I told my parents about it, and they checked out a bunch of reviews. Most of them said, "Should be Rated T. Only really rated M for online play." I found this to be more and more true. Unfortunately, COD has a reason to be rated M in game. Language. Dropping the F bomb every once in a while just makes ESRB slap an M rating on it. If censorship was available in games, they'd probably all be rated T.
There's my view on all of it...