Are Video Games Harmful to Children and Teens?

    Video games are a source of entertainment for all ages of people, but two of the most discussed age groups are children and teenagers. Since the early days of arcades and home gaming the question has remained, Are video games harmful to young people?

The biggest concern that arises is physical activity. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention “Children 8—18 years of age spend an average of 7.5 hours a day using entertainment media, including TV, computers, video games, cell phones, and movies.” With the increase of a growing dependance on technology it seems that we are always viewing some type of screen. It is very important for children to get exercise for physical development and good health. A good example of not being a couch potato can be found in one of America’s most well known Presidents. Theodore Roosevelt was a sickly child, and suffered from asthma. This quote that is in a article from the website artofmanliness.com is from Theodore’s father,“Theodore you have the mind but you have not the body, and without the help of the body the mind cannot go as far as it should. I am giving you the tools, but it is up to you to make your body.” Because of this he worked hard, and became a very athletic, and was able to fight the asthma had caused him much weakness.

Another topic of concern is violence in videos games. According to an article at Mirror.co.uk, “Alison Sherratt, president of the Lecturers and Teachers Association, insists such extreme violence should not be included in video games.” The Article goes on to talk about how children imitate what they see. The overall argument from this side is children should not be subjected to video games with extreme violence. This seems like a very good case, but video games with extreme violence are given a rating of 17 or older(In some countries this rating can be 18 or older). Anyone who is not at this age cannot buy this game. One can then argue that it is the parent’s responsibility to monitor what their children watch, and that parents should not buy their children these kinds of games.

When it comes to video games, and young people the answer seems to be very simple. Parents need to be responsible, and monitor what children take in. Children also need a good amount of physical activity. Activity is important for the mind, body, and overall spirit of a child.

Sources:
Mirror – http://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/staying-in/video-games/gta-5-torture-row-

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CDC – http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/childhood/problem.html

Art of Manliness – http://www.artofmanliness.com/2008/02/04/lessons-in-manliness-the- childhood-of-theodore-roosevelt/

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