Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Entry 71

I was watching a program on VOA the other month, it was about a clinic which has been established in the US for the children addicted to computer games ...

The speaker said that some of the children are addicted to cocaine so that they can stay up late & continue playing the games ...
Later on that program when the speaker was talking to the psychotherapist who was invited to discuss the subject, she told him, " I hope I haven't become addicted to the internet myself, because everyday I am in a rush to check my emails ! "
Anyway, while surfing the net, I found the two following texts on this subject :

Question: Can spending too much time playing video games hurt my child?

Answer: Yes. Excessive video-game playing can have a negative effect on a young child for several reasons:

* Kids who spend too much time at the computer are missing out on other activities fundamental to their physical, social, intellectual, and emotional development. Time spent in front of the computer or game console is time taken away from playing with friends, reading or a doing a project with you, or playing outside.

* Kids often play video games alone, and too much time spent alone can cause social isolation. • Children who watch more than ten hours of TV a week don't do as well in school as children their age who watch less. When setting limits, it's important to consider the total amount of time your child spends in front of electronic screens, including TVs, computers, video consoles, and movie screens.

• Bad habits can become ingrained and are more difficult to change as children get older. (According to research, the average American 4th-grade boy spends 9.5 hours each week playing video and computer games — in addition to other screen time.)

• Research shows that if your child regularly plays games with plots based on violence and aggression, he's at risk for increased aggressive behavior. In addition, some games promote gender bias and irresponsible sexual behavior.

It's important to remember, however, that video and computer games aren't all bad. Quality games give children the opportunity to practice problem-solving and logic skills. They increase fine motor and coordination skills and encourage an interest in information technology. And, if you are playing the games with your child — something I highly recommend — they provide an occasion for you to do something together. Your best bet is to limit video-game playing now while your child is still young. In addition, be a smart consumer and choose video games for your child that aren't sending the wrong message.


Effects Of Video Game Playing On Children


* Video game playing introduces children to computer technology.

* Games can give practice in following directions.
* Some games provide practice in problem solving and logic.
* Games can provide practice in use of fine motor and spatial skills.
* Games can provide occasions for adult and child to play together.
* Players are introduced to information technology.
* Some games have therapeutic applications with patients.
* Games are entertaining.


* Over-dependence on video games could foster social isolation, as they are often played alone.

* Practicing violent acts may contribute more to aggressive behavior than passive television watching. Studies do find a relationship between violent television watching and behavior.
* Women are often portrayed as weaker characters that are helpless or sexually provocative. * Game environments are often based on plots of violence, aggression and gender bias.
* Many games only offer an arena of weapons, killings, kicking, stabbing and shooting.
* Playing violent video games may be related to aggressive behavior (Anderson & Dill, 2000; Gentile, Lynch & Walsh, 2004). Questions have been raised about early exposure to violent video games.
* More often games do not offer action that requires independent thought or creativity.
* Games can confuse reality and fantasy.
* In many violent games, players must become more violent to win. In "1st person" violent video games the player may be more affected because he or she controls the game and experiences the action through the eyes of his or her character.
* Academic achievement may be negatively related to over-all time spent playing video games. (Anderson & Dill, 2000; Gentile, Lynch & Walsh, 2004)

Reasons children give for playing video games:

* It's fun

* Like to feel in control
* Releases tension
* Relieves boredom
* Develops gaming skills
* Feel a sense of mastery

You can read the whole texts in these websites:

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Entry 70

The other day I was reading one of my friends' weblog :

He had written about the purity of the childhood world where there is no restriction made by the laws in the family, the society, the country, ...

The children enjoy everything , they live in present & do everything for its own sake, not for the advantages it may have or bring ...
What my friend had written reminded me of something which has happened many times in my classes ...
Some of my students are the boys between 8 & 12 years old, I've noticed that sometimes they do something very interesting & surprising, and I've really enjoyed it ...

For instance, I've seen that two of them who really love each other & are really intimate are sitting beside each other chatting happily, suddenly one of them says, " Miss ... , he is eating chips under the desk ... " or they have spelling test & suddenly one of them says, " Miss ... , he is looking at my notebook & cheating ... " or I have told them not to do their homework before I finish reviewing the new lesson with everyone, and suddenly one of them says, " Miss ... , he is doing his homework in secret ... " ...
Anyway, these two very intimate children betray a confidence veryyyyyy easily ... the other child about whom these things have been told becomes angry & sad for just a moment, but very soon he forgets & after a short time both of them behave in a way as if nothing happened at all !!!
But God knows what would happen if the two sides were adults !!!