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Gameboys and Sustaining Dignity

A group of North American kids help poor kids in Israel.


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(3) Anonymous, March 3, 2016 8:29 PM

I know one kid like that. They need games very much because it's hard for their families to have time for them. It should not stop on bringing them games; they need to spend time with their parents.

(2) Rhoda Shapiro, March 3, 2016 2:56 PM

Gameboys

Where do I send them?

(1) Rebecca, March 1, 2016 10:18 PM

I don't mean to judge and I appreciate the well meaning intentions and Chesed that Lori is engaging in here. I find it very frustrating though. I grew up during a time before there were computers, cell phones, cable, IPODS, Gameboys, X Boxes, the list goes on and on. When my kids were younger I didn't cave into getting them the latest technology. Though I did get them violins, guitars, drums, roller skates, baseball gloves etc.. You get the picture. As someone who works with kids, I have seen how addicting these games are and how children and teens literally lose sleep, stop playing outside and have stopped reading books because of these dangerously addictive techie gadgets. Kids don't exercise anymore and obesity is rising in our country as they spend their free time glued to these mindless machines. There is also a definite correlation between the excessive amount of time on these games and school failure, not to mention the relationship between these games and the rise in ADHD symptoms. Adults are also guilty as many of them are glued to their own cell phones even while driving, putting themselves and others at risk. It makes me sad that this is the only way that people feel that a kid can feel just like everyone else. There has got to be a better way. So while I think Lori is terrific and I look forward to her inspirational videos every week, I will have to disagree with her on this one. Giving the kids dignity, by all means, but not by giving them these video games.

Lori, March 2, 2016 6:15 PM

Our Children

We can only expect our children to be "different" to a certain extent. Children want to be like everyone else. They do not want to stand out. If all the kids had drugs, you wouldn't let your kids have drugs. But if all the kids wore a certain type of coat, don't make your kid stand out from his peers. It's hard enough growing up, you don't need to cause him needless pain. If all the kids have Gameboys, your father just left you, and this will give you a little bit of happiness and comfort, and also let you fit in with your peers-- let the kid have the Gameboy!

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