Recently we were invited to the birthday party of a 7-year-old kid. The father being by husband’s college buddy, we are all quite acquainted with the family. They decorated their spacious living room with balloons and posters of different cartoon characters. Arrangements were made for some quick indoor games and, there was an array of return gifts.
It was a perfect ambiance for kids to enjoy themselves in the so-called childish manner, but surprisingly all of them, including the ‘birthday boy’, glued themselves to the computer screen for a long time. They were playing a fast-paced computer game, racing car or something. The kids, most of them were boys, were so much engrossed in the game that even when it was time to cut the cake, his mother had to call him thrice. After the third call, which was evidently made with a stern face, the birthday kid, and his gang reluctantly joined the celebration. As soon as it was over, they were back to their business.
I was thinking of this addiction among today’s children. Even my son is no exception. Just a few weeks ago, as I was busy in my small garden, a pathetic spine-chilling cry made me shiver. It came from inside the house, “I’ll kill you, now or never”! I rushed to find out the reason and, to my utter disgust, it was my kid, shouting while targeting some villain in a video game. Well, he is allowed to play for an hour in the afternoon and, his punctuality in this respect is impeccable! Though every time he seems to forget the fact that it’s SIXTY minutes that makes an hour and, keeps on continuing until gets a nudge or two.
I’m not a helicopter mom and, I do really think that even playing computer games have some cognitive effects. In most games, the children are bound to take decisions in split seconds in order to make a winning move. It eventually improves their thinking ability, perception, attention and decision-making capability. But, yes, too much of anything is bad and games, being extremely addictive, can have worse effects in the future.
However, I think a healthy combination of everything is necessary for the upbringing of a child. Children should be encouraged to play physical games. I believe the buds bloom more happily when they are in contact with Mother Nature, it’s our duty to make our children understand and love life, as it is.
What do you think about gaming addiction? In case you are a parent, do you think you should put a complete restriction on games or be a little lenient?
Would love to know your opinion.
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