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Jtube: Grown Ups

Jtube: Grown Ups

How have TV and video games changed the way our children play?

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Published: January 1, 2011

How have TV and video games changed the way our children play?

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Visitor Comments: 11

(11) lsf, January 10, 2011 3:02 PM

Sorry, Doron

As cool as you might think today's toys are, such toys have decreased our childrens' attention spans and their capacity to read and write. I teach college, and the overall literacy rate of college students has decreased dramatically in the last 15 years. It is frightening to see the decrease even on a year-to-year basis. There is little doubt that the dominance of today's "visual culture" is a significant contributor to this phenomenon. In addition, today's students are simply less self-motivated and creative. We are seeing a much lower percentage of innovative thinking and research going on among our college students these days. Instead, students want to know "what the teacher wants", in order to get a good grade. The concept of original reflection is a foreign one to 95% of the students enrolled at elite four year liberal arts schools............Hello, China!

(10) Anonymous, January 9, 2011 7:27 AM

it's not about tech

The clip isn't about games, nor about technology. The clip is about a father who is totally out of touch with his own kids, and siblings who can't relate to each other or to their father. The first question is, is that just the way life is, or is that a tragedy? The second question is, how can one make sure to stay in tune, in touch, in synch, no matter what?

(9) Anonymous, January 6, 2011 4:53 AM

a little of this, a little of that

My son started playing video games when he was about three. He's in college now, brilliant, and physically active (surprise!). He and his friends gathered together to play the games, it was not a solitary activity but a social get-together. He does seem to be deficient in respect for authority, but I think that's my fault, not the fault of the games. He said I did not discipline him enough when he was little, and I agreed. I told him he will have to learn to respect authority if he wants to be able to get and keep a good job. However, there is the possibility that he may find a boss with fond memories of the same games he remembers fondly. Just so they don't play them at work!!! Since he's been in college he has very little time to play video games, but once in a while he and his friends break out the old Wii. Then they dance competitively in front of the TV. I want one. I'm the one who needs to lose weight. But I am not about to spend my money on a Wii Fit for myself. Nor did I buy his - he bought it out of the living expenses I give him... sigh. I will say that it is better than the games we played when I was a child. Not everyone who played doctor became one, let's just leave it at that.

(8) Yocheved, January 5, 2011 10:10 PM

They don't just affect playtime

Aside from the violence that kids learn from these video games, there's so much more. Parents don't realize what they are exposing their children to. If they do, they don't understand the full effects that these video games, movies, and web sites are having on their children who they love. It's a sad thing that's going in society today. Numerous studies have shown the effects of TV. Children learn violence, drugs, alcohol, horrible morals and values that completely demolish all the effort parents put in to planting the right seeds in their children. That's not to mention decreased attention span (even in "educational" shows like Sesame Street) resulting in poorer school performance and contributing to ADHD. Also, due to the lack of exercise and abundance of food advertisements flashing every five minues, children (and even adults) become overweight and obese. Teenagers develop eating disorders after being exposed to what a person "has to" look like. Parents aren't aware of these terrible affects and wonder why their children are the way they are. Of course TV doesn't even come to mind because that would mean that the TV must be gotten rid of or have time limits put on it. Many parents resort to this destructive machine because it keeps the kids occupied, and out of the way. They'd rather be in denial. Why don't all parents spend more quality time with their children and involve them with more wholesome activities. At best, just plunk them down with a book - it's much less destructive. If only parents wouldn't be so misguided and oblivious. If only they would have the strength to say a loving "no", thereby protecting their beloved children. A wonderful parenting book, "To Kindle a Soul" discusses this issue of TV in detail in addition to a complete guide to raising children. Lets all hope that one day the truth about TV will be exposed. The world will be a much better place then.

(7) David gold, January 5, 2011 1:09 AM

Amen Doron

I know! Kids today have so many cooler toys. I want to play with my kids toys all the time. Forget skipping rocks and bring on the XBox!

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