Video games are the lifelines to kids who are looking for things that they called “cool and fun,” but there are many studies that prove video games are one of the causes why kids are misbehaving in school and the big reason why they getting failing grades.
Lengthy hours in front of gaming could make it hard for kids to focus on school activities, psychologists said US researcher.
While many researchers are still separated on the subject, the result with earlier work on the effects of television watching in kids, they said.
“What we don’t know at this point is why TV and video games, in fact, would cause attention problems,” said Douglas A. Gentile, who worked on the research.
Here are some comments from concern parents:
What Parents Are Saying
“It’s all about knowing what affects a child. If you see a child playing a game, try to read their face. Sometimes you’ll be lucky enough to notice that they are either a) smiling because all the bad guys are dead and they passed the level or b) they could have killed the guy with the sniper rifle but decided to sneak up on him and cut him to pieces with a machete!!! Something slightly sadistic there, I think external influences like how exposed they are to any violence in the community and what their friends and family are like also make a difference.” – Anonymous
” My 16-year-old step-son is a nightmare when he gets in front of the Xbox – he becomes loud, rude and obnoxious. We try to limit his time on there as much as possible. When he is hanging out with his mates being a lad, he is a joy to be around and can’t do enough to help and couldn’t be any more polite.” – Leilani
Media Research Lab
Researchers, who run the Media Research Lab at Iowa StateUniversity in Ames, explained that excessive screen time had also been associated with increased aggression and, perhaps less surprisingly, expanding waistlines.
He explained in their new findings, published in the journal, that video games might impact kids concentration skills. The researchers followed a crowd of more than 1,300 school-age children, who, joined by their parents, logged their TV and gaming hours over a year. They then asked teachers to answer questions about how the children behaved in school — whether they had complexity staying on task, for instance, or often interrupted others.
The findings concluded that those who watched a lot of TV or played a lot of video games had slightly more problems concentrating on schoolwork.
Limiting Game Time
Distinctively, those children who spent more than 2 hours every day in front of a TV or Video games — the limit recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics — increased their odds of exceeding the average level of attention problems by 67%.
They also tested undergraduate students, this time using psychological questionnaires. Researchers said the impact of TV and video games depended on lots of factors and wasn’t necessarily dramatic.
“A well-known Doctor has said, not all games are created equal. In fact, not all games of the same type offer the same kind of experience. And it makes a difference. Whether a game is played in solitude or with others, in an arcade or at home, and whether the game requires players to meet and cooperate with other players. The classic case is someone who watches a lot of TV news and sees a lot of violence and crime. They tend to predict more crime for their neighborhood, even if they live in a low-crime area,” he says. “And that is an effect I saw in the game. People who played were much more likely than the comparison group to think the world was a more dangerous place regarding being hit with weapons”.
“Not every kid is going to be influenced to the same amount,” he said. “No one thing causes our behavior. It’s a combination of all the pushes and pulls that we get — the media is just one variable.”
Though, they added, “if a child has a tendency toward attention troubles then sitting in front of the TV not getting enough exercise would exacerbate it.”
Researchers settled that a child shouldn’t be allowed to watch more than 2 hours of TV or playing games a day. The findings also send a positive message to parents whose kids are plagued by attention problems.
“This study perhaps gives parents the first line of defense because (screen time) is something they can control,” he said. “The research suggests that parents actually are in a more powerful position to help their children than they realize.”
An Entire Generation of Whiners
Parents who spoil their children are creating a generation of pupils who challenge teachers and throw tantrums in class, a report has warned. Scientists found that disobedience at home is spilling into classrooms, with some teachers at “breaking point.”
Parents should guide their kids and control their pleasure time on the screen. It is not a helping gesture to ban kids from playing games but rather it could worsen the kids’ behavior. Parents should instead make balance the screen time and study time of your kids. And guide them on the video games and TV shows that they are watching. Kids are very curious about all things they’ve seen and heard and the more they are curious, the more they ask questions. The asking of questions can be considered and learning so a little guide by you and time will probably make them good and responsible kids.
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