If given the chance my children would access computers and technology with an unlimited appetite and not stop playing. You see my children are limited to 30 minutes daily and on special occasions one hour a day.
It is so easy as an adult to have Facebook eat away an hour of my time in one sitting. I am a responsible adult with many different things to do in one day and it is difficult to walk away from our modern day technology. But when I do, that time is gone, never to be returned to my life.
Children are easily sucked into the entertainment of technology and do not have the objective reasoning to realize their brains are not being challenged. They sit still and play, no movement and no socializing with others.
Yes, video games keep our children quiet and out of our way but that is not the reason we are parents. We are parents to teach and form our children into well balanced, healthy, caring, socially responsible, kind individuals. We should be teaching them, not allowing for them to be molded by the antisocial, constant violence, cursing, and blatant disregard for human respect that the most popular games exemplify.
Choose to give your child a place to grow, creative ways to play, and a parent who interacts with them more often. Our children need us even if they beg to play video games all day long; it is not in their best interest to let them. If we want to have a good relationship with our children we will not give them everything they want but instead everything they need. Video games are not high on the priority list of needs for our children.
Copyright 2014 Lori Hadorn-Disselkamp