I have been a huge fan of video games for as long as I can remember. Growing up in Brooklyn, New York I used to think that video games I played back in the late 90’s were the most amazing and impressive things ever. However, compared to the games we play today, those aren’t in the same league. It took a while for me to realize that video games follow a natural evolution in the same ways television and movies do.
One thing is for sure, no matter how much I used to play video games I always found the need to go outside and play with my friends. I don’t often see kids outside playing anymore…like ever.
I remember growing up I would play football, baseball, tag, and manhunt. The neighborhood kids and I even had boxing matches with gloves and have fake title-belts. It seems that kids are consumed by technology and video games that they often forget how to speak to others using the spoken word rather than using emojis through text. We, as adults, are guilty of this as well. But I feel that we have paid our dues and have earned the right to have quick text interactions to get our points across, rather it be something we learn to do from day one.
Don’t get me wrong I love video games with a passion, but I think this generation of children is overexposed to technology and video games. It’s my opinion that as a parent I need to limit the amount my children use technology, have them be more proactive, and go out and meet people to learn how to properly interact with others. Just to enjoy being a kid.
Sometimes we forget that we are only a kid once, there is no turning back or do overs.
I have a 13-year-old son who I love dearly, most days. Now don’t get me wrong he can definitely be a pain in my ass at times but that’s part of being a daddy, or anything in general. You take the bad with the good. I am a somewhat strict parent but only because I want what’s best for him. Yeah, the age old adage of wanting what’s best for your children always repeats itself, however I think its most important in this context because…we know what they are missing out on. We know what it’s like when you get home from school have a snack and have your mom tell you to go outside and not come back until dinner.
For example, during school days he is not permitted to play video games. This way he can focus on his schoolwork and chores. I can remember growing up and trying to rush through my homework so I could play my video games or go outside. More often than not my homework wouldn’t get done correctly or I wouldn’t finish it at all. I do not want my son to be over saturated with entertainment to the point where he begins foregoing his responsibilities as a student. On weekends I give him a couple hours to plays each day, but only if his chores are done. I am a generous god… I mean dad.
I find this to be a good technique to use if you want to properly introduce your children to the wonders of balancing things you want to do versus the things you must do.
I am not a perfect parent by any means and everyday we learn something new, but I feel we need to raise our children rather than technology and video games. Controlling the amount of technology interaction and video games can make a difference in who our children are today and who they will become in the future.