I wrote this little essay for English class. Don’t have any other content ready for you, so this’ll have to do.
The USA Times recently reported on the fact that one in four homes in the USA now own a Wii console. They got a lot of reactions to that from worried parents, rambling on about how children game too much and exercise too little. But is that really the case? And if it is, why would it be a bad thing?
Children these days game a lot more than kids their age did a few years back. However, that is not the cause of children exercising less. In fact, the average amount of movement a kid gets stayed pretty much the same over the last couple of years. Besides, lots of game consoles like the Wii or Xbox Kinect incorporate body movement into gaming. It may not be very much, but it is a great improvement –and fun way of playing– compared to the early 90’s.
I can already feel it coming: “video games make children more violent”. This is completely untrue, and is just a little myth brought into play to plant seeds of fear into the hearts of already worried parents. The truth is, the opposite is true. Crime rates have been declining, even with more and more violent games coming out.
It should also be mentioned that war games like “Modern Warfare” may even improve a child’s mentality. They will experience what kinds of hardships soldiers have to endure, and get reminded that war is not child’s play.
Another argument often brought up in these kinds of discussions is that children will not develop their social skills if they are gaming all day long. That is complete nonsense, though. At least half of the games currently on the market have a multiplayer mode incorporated into the game, one way or another. Kids can join their friends online, and beat the game together. This may even lead to better cooperation skills, seeing as how they have to figure out a strategy together.
Lots of parents would love to see their children get back to the old-fashioned style of playing with friends: climbing trees, playing soccer, and so on. These activities are still being done today, just less frequently. Times change, and so do children’s activities. Parents should not force their kids to live their childhood like their parents did. They should just go with it, so that they can see that nothing bad happens.
Parents are, of course, overly protective of their children. Nobody can change that. But if you are a parent and you are reading this, know that there really is not that much to worry about. Worst that can happen is that your kid loses his life. Lucky he got three left.