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Video Games and Children

So, this post, it’s a little different. I’m really just responding to two different articles which I found incredibly interesting. And I just want you guys to know that what I’m about to say (or type) is simply my opinions and even though it may offend some people it shouldn’t. Because they’re opinions and I mean no harm by them. But if you do happen to have an opinion which opposes my own, just leave them down in the comments and I’ll read them because it’s an opinion and I find those interesting.

So, I’m responding to this article by mindhacks which has, to all fairness, highlighted pretty much everything, so you should probably read it before you continue reading this. But what the article is writing about is a reply to a BBC article which identifies a correlation/cause of children’s inability to concentrate in lessons at school with the amount of time spent playing video games. Which the mindhacks article disagrees with.

Which I also disagree with. To an extent. Because I do understand where the teachers argument is valid. There should be a recommended daily amount that children are allowed to be playing video games (which is one of their demands). However, often with these articles it – possibly unintentionally – discourages parents from buying video games for children. Which it shouldn’t. It should only help parents realise that children are playing video games too much and that’s leading them to be irritable and tired because they have spent their day playing a game and not enough time on their homework. And not that there is a direct correlation with playing video games and their child not developing mentally. Which is not true.

What mindhacks does a very good job at highlighting is that children are not in the slightest developing slower than the previous generations. They’re just not completing their homework. They’re not putting in the work, not because they’re incapable of doing it but because they don’t want to. And teachers, just like the rest of us, measure the abilities of another by whether they are able to complete the task that has been set for them. And if children are not going to complete their homework it is going to look as if they are unable to do it which reflects badly on their perceived ability to do it. So, I do agree with the ATL (Association of Teachers and Lecturers), that the Department of Education should “issue guidance” on the amount of time children spend playing video games. It’s important that children complete their school work and participate more in the educational side of school instead of being too tired to.

However, there are so many benefits to playing video games. Take this from a girl who has seen the positive effects of playing video games on other people as well as herself. Playing video games allows a person to access and use their frontal lobe of their brain. And what your frontal lobe does is regulates decision making and problem solving and controls purposeful behaviour. Which, if you don’t know, that portion of the brain is supposed to be out of control, creating an adolescent which is impulsive and makes bad decisions. Which my friends who play video games aren’t. They are not impulsive but are incredibly smart getting A’s in their A-level subjects. Personally, for me, it has made me more critical in my writing which has drastically improved my history essays (hitting those A’s and B’s yo! 😉 ). And if children are accessing that part of the brain this early on then it makes it all the more better. Because if they’re already learning to control their decisions this may lead to a less impulsive generation of teenagers.

We also live in the technological world where games which are challenging are becoming more available to children, helping to test their ability to problem solve. Which is great!

Not only that, but I believe video games create an environment that if you’re determined enough, you will always get through to the end and accomplish your goal. Which is an amazing trait for children to have. To persevere. To never give up. It’s a great trait for any human to hold. And if teachers are somehow able to use that determination to their advantage (because children will have the ability to replicate that determination in real life) a new and stronger generation may actually be created. Which we desperately need with everything that the older generation is dumping straight onto us. But if we’re able to problem solve, we may actually be able to work our way through these problems and into a better future.

All because of video games. 


 

Don’t forget to read both articles so that you can make your own opinion about whether or not video games are healthy for children. If you do read them, please reply in a comment or even a post. I would love to hear other peoples opinions on this.

Cool. Nakedstreetkid out! 😀

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