“I can’t wait. I need it now!”
“Why don’t you go play with the real life people over there?”
“I don’t want to! I need a charge now!” he pleaded.
This little boy believed his world was coming to an end because he couldn’t play on his mom’s phone. I’ve watched this little boy. Every time I see him, he’s either playing games on an iPad or on a cell phone. It’s not his fault he behaves this way. Parents have the ability and the right to say, “No.” They also have the right to make rules for their children. They are parents, after all.
When I was a kid, we played outside. We made mud pies and did cartwheels in the front yard. We played with sticks and ant hills. My siblings and I ran races with each other. We played ball with neighborhood kids. We toured the streets on our bicycles.
That was the good life. It taught us how to be social. How to build friendships. We learned creativity and problem solving skills. Most of all, we learned that there’s a whole world out there beyond our little bubble.
Watching kids now days, makes me afraid for the future of this world. Although quality games can teach a variety of skills to children, they can’t teach life skills. Those life skills are what they need in order to grow and to be successful in life.
They need to know how to deal with problems and how to treat others. They need to learn manners, respect and self discipline. They need to know how to properly communicate with their peers and their elders.
All of these are simple concepts, but they can’t be learned from an electronic device. There is a time and a place for everything. There is a time for playing games and a time for learning.
How can children be expected to transition from staring at a screen all day, to dealing with real life people when they grow up? There will come a day when they will face physical people, physical problems and have a physical job. In order to succeed in this world, they need less electronic device time and more face to face time.