Are kids getting too lazy and "electronic"?

Jackie - posted on 02/22/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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So I know when I was a kid we were outside playing...ALL the time. I had many friends who were sent outside and expected to play "until the street lights came on". Many were not allowed to be inside on nice days, and those of us who didn't have that rule still didn't WANT to hang out inside if it was nice out. We were active and exploring.

Seems like todays generation is perfectly happy on the couch watching TV, playing video games, texting, video gaming etc etc etc. Now of course alot of this comes from parents who allows their kids to stay inside and do nothing, but that's really my question. Why are parents allowing this? Do you think its ok/good for the kid? My biggest issue is with the addiction to video games where some kids are allowed to play for 8,10,12 hours a day when its 75 and sunny in April. I just don't agree with it. These kids aren't getting any fresh air, exercise, or interaction with other people. And then some people wonder why kids nowadays have no manners and social skills too.

Curious to see what others think.

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Lady - posted on 02/22/2010

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My oldest son would probably sit and play the x box all day if we let him, but we don't. He still gets thrown outside if the weathers alright ie not completly p***ing it down and blowing a gale. And he loves it - he plays football or goes cycling. Even if the weathr is bad he doesn't get to sit glued to screen all day, we get him to read or play music or do something creative. My two daughters are a lot easier to amuse but would probably watch TV all day if allowed. It would be easier just to let them do what they want in the short term but in the long run you're not doing them or yourselves any favours. On a suppernanny type programme the other week she did a study which proved violent video games not only desensatised children to violence it also made them less empathetic and willing to help others - and this was only a 12 rated game played for 20 mins. Imagine what a 15 or 18 rated game does to them when they are playing it for hours on end. My sons x box time is limited and if he misbehaves it's removed. The same goes for the wii and the computer time too.

Sharon - posted on 02/22/2010

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Women who hang out on forums like these are mostly trying to be better parents. They think & they care. So even if someone here says their child plays video games for hours, they've got an eye on the situation. They may not know what to do about it, but they've got an eye on it.

So you & I don't understand how other parents don't notice or care. Probably the number 1 reason... the parents are busy. With work, other kids, etc. Ever notice its not 3 kids in a family addicted to the x-box? its usually one kid? That kid is sitting quietly playing a game. Mom & dad are busy with kids 2 & 3 who don't have access to the game and are whining for attention, things, time, etc.

Jackie - posted on 02/22/2010

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Sharon, I def. agree on the laziness and the hell no...what I really don't understand is how it can never register in these peoples heads how unhealthy these behaviors are?? But maybe it does go back to them being that clueless b/c you put it well in stating its the same people that are "surprised" when their kid goes off the deep end. It just blows my mind b/c I cant' even imagine being allowed to sit on the couch all day every day.

Sharon - posted on 02/22/2010

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Why are parents allowing this? Because they're inherently lazy. The squeaky wheel gets the grease. As long as the kid isn't bothering them, the parents don't care what the kid is doing. This is why the parents of all those kids who play violent games and go ballistic suddenly are "surprised". They never noticed jackshit because the kid was quietly getting "stoned" on his video game.



Do you think its ok/good for the kid? hell no.

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