Is it just a game?

2017-08-09 06:03

THE entertainment industry is busting at the seams with ever increasing options for all ages.

And the young these days want nothing more than a game console with an array of cool video games turning the volume to full blast they cheer at winning and yell at the computer when they lose, and hit the controller buttons faster than you could ever imagine.

No parents, no rules, no school. Just them and their gadgets.

This is their paradise and our young couldn’t be happier.

Parents striving to shield their children from modern day vices believe video games keep youth off the streets, out of trouble.

Reality holds that to be in accurate in video games a player usually competes against another player, striving to win and assert his control.

Boosted by wins, a child strives to score higher taking up on the challenge to break all records, naturally the mind does not switch off as easily as the game console, and mindset of defiance lingers and he is easily inclined to rebel against everything, including the authority of his parents the respect of his teacher’s and the sanctity of his religion.

A game is a game say parents at the very least. It’s a safer alternative from the vulgarity of TV. Probably true if they actually are aware of the kind of games their children are playing, video games have become as much part and parcel of the children’s and our youth’s lives. Affecting his personality or real life, parents must act. They should first relay their concerns to their child and talk to him or her about why they feel they must restrict the time he or she plays, opt for a different game or remove the game device entirely depending on the situation.

A.S.E. AMEEN

KZN

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