To game or not to game- is that the question?

23 Jan

Grade7-9’s- What is your response to this news story? Leave your comments below.

GAMING

http://www.cbc.ca/player/Embedded-Only/News/Manitoba/ID/2369061762/

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13 Responses to “To game or not to game- is that the question?”

  1. madeline January 24, 2014 at 10:09 pm #

    90% of Canadian children are gaming, the younger you start gaming the more vulnerable you are to addiction.That is why kids are easily addicted.Children should not be having screen time until they are at least 2, TV until they are 3, and should not start gaming until school age. Gaming addiction is a problem families are facing worldwide. Although it is not recognized as disorder, many people are seeing counsellors.
    I think that it is important for children to be outdoors, playing with friends until they are at least 7, and have a limited access to gaming and social media until they are teenagers.

    • cnascimento2012 January 30, 2014 at 10:51 pm #

      I think a lot of people would agree with you Madeline. Being outdoors is great for all ages! But I also think a lot of young children who are addicting to gaming would disagree. How would you convince them of your point of view?

  2. Sean January 26, 2014 at 11:37 pm #

    I was stunned when I found out that 90% of Canadian children are gaming. I didn’t know it was that severe, and I ask myself: “Why is it so difficult for parents to limit their children’s screen time / gaming?” Is it because it is too much of a hassle? Is it because they are too lazy? There must be a reason because if it was easy to keep children away from a screen, I’m sure parents would do it. The video describes video games to have “the potential to be deadly”… How do video games affect a child’s future? I didn’t know that video games had the potential to cause death. And if video games are deadly, why isn’t there a law in place about limiting video games?

  3. Mark January 28, 2014 at 7:28 pm #

    Gaming is not the problem in younger children, its screen time. But having no screen time is not the answer. When using a tablet or computer you develop fine motor skills, and improve problem solving and critical thinking. In the video they mention that 72% of families in Canada have a console such as a Playstation or Xbox. These families are the ones that have to worry about gaming addictions. You can not “game” on a phone or a tablet, and so the young kids that are addicted to “games” as it mentions in the video, are in fact addicted to the device that they are using. They also mention that video games can kill, but there have been no deaths because of video games to this point.

    • cnascimento2012 January 30, 2014 at 10:55 pm #

      Mark,I like your thoughts about developing fine motor skills, problem solving and critical thinking skills. What do you suggest families who own these devices should do in order to prevent their children from becoming addicted to them?

  4. Myron January 29, 2014 at 9:13 pm #

    I agree with Mark that gaming itself isn’t the problem for young kids, it’s screens. Little kids also tend to get addicted to TV shows and movies on such devices. Also whether or not angry birds is “gaming” is a matter of opinion. Angry birds is a very casual, fun game, it’s not a serious video game. I think that’s more of a tablet addiction than a gaming addiction. It’s also parents choice to buy kids these devices, and parental control can limit the amount of time kids spend on them. I think gaming addiction may come with gaming consoles or PC games such League of Legends, World of Warcraft, Team fortress 2 and other games. However most of these games are rated “T for teens” so little kids shouldn’t be playing them. Dr Michael Fraser is a clinical pyschologist, he says troubled kids often use video games as an escape from depression and anxiety. I personally think this is a good point, in a lot of cases, gaming allows you to be another person, and the less happy you are with who you are the more you may be drawn to it.

    • Sean January 29, 2014 at 9:14 pm #

      Sports is a much better way to escape depression and anxiety, just saying.

      • Myron January 29, 2014 at 9:17 pm #

        True, but sports requires physically going outside, and often working with people face to face. Imagine if you’re an overweight kid with social anxiety, would you be more drawn to sports of gaming? For people who aren’t comfortable with their bodies, gaming may provide more of an escape than sports.

      • cnascimento2012 January 30, 2014 at 10:49 pm #

        Good point Sean! Why do you think sports can help people feel better?

    • Myron January 29, 2014 at 9:14 pm #

      I found about what Dr Fraser said from this news article: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/kids-addicted-video-games-violent-experts-article-1.1298338

      • cnascimento2012 January 30, 2014 at 10:45 pm #

        I like how you are thinking about the diversity of young people Myron. How would help others to understand the other side of gaming? For example, the fact that some psychologists suggest it helps with depression and anxiety? Why might some people disagree with Dr.Fraser?

  5. Veronica January 29, 2014 at 9:15 pm #

    If you get more addicted to screens and gaming the younger you start, I think that kids from 0-2 should have no screen time, kids 3-6 should have limited screen time, kids 7-11 should be able to play mild videos games, but with limited access, and 12+ should be able to game with a parent’s or guardian’s permission.
    It’s shocking that 90% of Canadians game, and even more shocking how young the gamers start gaming. Although you can’t game on tablet or phone, the screen time is still addicting, and access should be limited.
    Even if gaming addictions are not viewed by doctors as a medical disorder, therapists are treating addicted gamers regularly.
    Also, if video game addictions, like most other addictions, are deadly, then why doesn’t the government do something about it?

    • cnascimento2012 January 30, 2014 at 10:41 pm #

      Interesting thoughts Veronica. What suggestion would you give the government to support the prevention of gaming addictions?

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