Is your child too demanding? through tantrums, arrogant? introvert ? or too much extrovert? Not good in studies? Slow learner? Violent? Impatient. If any of the above symptoms your child is showing then he/she might be suffering from TV or Gaming addiction. TV and Video Games are necessary and we can not deny their utility but addiction of TV is harmful for kids. Watching TV for more than 6 hrs a week can have serious but slow adverse effect on your child’s Health. It can effect Vision in long term and may result in obesity, anti Social behavior and poor self confidence. Children’s Imagination, Curiosity, Concentration and confidence are worst effected.
Gaming is another culprit. However continuously denied by Gaming industry, Gaming is the main force behind insensitive and violent behavior. Games generally are associated with children and parents usually don’t check the content but many games are not appropriate for children. There may be violence or explicit adult content that can effect your child’s healthy development. In a video game whenever there is an obstacle occurs, The hero (player) immediately have to shoot or destroy it and when this situation comes in real life the only solution in a child’s mind is —Shoot it, destroy it.. In games there is no place for the outcomes of so many murders and killings. In real life even a police officer also is accountable for a single bullet but in a game he is not accountable to anything or anybody. There are always news floating that School kid opened fire on his classmates or teachers or in a mall claiming many lives just for kick or out of frustration. In Gurgaon few years back , school kid killed his classmate to take revenge. recently a child killed her teacher just because she insulted him in the class for his poor performance.
I am not saying that Video games are a bad product, It is on the contrary a very good medium to develop eye hand and mind coordination. It is a superb tool for training different skills and great scope of entertainment but corporate competition and big money are making content more intoxicating. In India what makes it even worse that games are not censored and parents are not aware..
Another effect of TV and Gaming Addiction is the early childhood obesity. As parent we are not encouraging children to go in park and indulge in physical activities. In the name of outing we always choose to go to nearest fast food joint or movie etc. Children are taking more and more empty calories without burring them. That can seriously effect children’s health. Diabetes, BP, Heart Problems, Asthma, Liver and kidney problems are increased in children only due to the changing lifestyles.
Then what is the solution? Well a balanced approach is always the best way. Do not eliminate TV and Games from your kid life but restrict their viewing hours and closely watch the content before buying a game or a film. Always respect censor ratings. while going to movies pay attention to the ratings and if it is not suitable for your child do not take them to the movies. When i got the film review of the “Dirty Picture” from a six years old boy i could not think the rationale of taking him for the movie! Read reviews of a game and its contents online before you purchase it. Every film is not suitable for children so don’t carry them along with you whenever you go to movies. Be vigilant what they are doing on internet. It is still better and safe to socialize in real life then on a so called social networking sites. Try to encourage them to develop some active hobbies. Provide them an opportunity to socialize. Keep them engaged in activities they like. Once they will find interests in activities they will surely dislike long TV hrs. Think twice over this issue and decide. For you help i am providing the ratings of USA and Europe for Video Games.
Green – Suitable for Everyone
Yellow – Parental Guidance
Orange – Parental Examination
Red – Adult Content
Black – Banned
Ratings are for your help. Use your understanding of your culture, suitability and need for the content of the game and your child