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January 1, 2011
January 10, 2011 3:02 PM
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!
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?
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.
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.
January 5, 2011 1:09 AM
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!
January 4, 2011 11:53 PM
get kids outdoors
Kids need to get outside and play in the mud, built forts and splash in puddles. TV and video games "feed" entertainment to children and takes away their creativity. Many children today are overweight and are detached from the natural world (as are many adults). Pull the plug on the electronics and get kids outdoors at a young age. Adults need to be models. For more on this, check out "Children and Nature Network" at: http://www.childrenandnature.org
January 4, 2011 8:26 PM
Doron I hear you but you are missing something
You are quite right in that parents need to understand their kids hobbies in order to as you say "get to them" BUT to allow your kids to shrink their brains, ambitions, drives, and positive energy is a terrible disservice to one’s children. Kids do not know how to behave in moderation unless we teach them. The torah says "ki yetzer leiv ha'adam rah mineurav" which means that a child will inherently be drawn to evil. It is the job of us parents to teach and demand that our children behave in a way which is not only healthy for their bodies, but healthy for their mental health and nishomos.
I am sure that this is what you meant anyway!
January 4, 2011 2:10 PM
Instead of the Young getting Old...
Instead of the young getting old, why don't the old get young? All we seem to want is for our kids to be like us and like what we liked. I, for one, want to be like my kids! I want to find out why they like that video game. I want to play it with them and have them explain it to me. This is the only way that I will be able to teach them anything about what is really important in life. I need to learn from them in order for them to learn from me. That is what Mr. Sandler doesn’t do in this clip...
January 4, 2011 1:58 PM
How Children Play
What a sad commentary on where society is going with technology. Technology is great when used in moderation (not to include blood and guts). Kids should be engaged in play that requires them to use their imaginations.
It is up to us to ensure this generation of children do not miss out on the joys of childhood, running, climbing, jumping and creating a healthy body, mind and soul. That cannot be achieved by the incessant clicking of a mouse or remote.
January 3, 2011 12:01 PM
iF THAT ISN'T COMMENTARY ON THE GENERATION GAP THAT EXISTS TODAY, i DON'T KNOW WHAT IS!!
January 2, 2011 7:43 PM
at the risk of sounding over-dramatic, i think this one clip encapsulates so much of what is wrong with the world today.
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