The use of gaming devises should be limited to one hour per day per child

Posted by: learningacademies

  • Yes I think that gaming time for children and young people should be limited to one hour a day because

  • No I don't think it should be limited because...

14% 6 votes
86% 37 votes
  • Our household limit was 2 hours per day per child. If they don't need a break by then, parents certainly do [from hearing it]. When mine were kids, headphones weren't an option. Using limits also allows the child to engage in other activities that are far more beneficial.

  • This is the stupidest $hit I ever heard. A government regulation on entertainment devices? Most parents don't care what their children do, as long as they don't get in trouble and get good grades. If that's what they find fun then don't restrict them.

  • Because 1 hour is hardly any time to complete a scenario on Train Simulator

  • My parents did this to me and my brother when we were younger. Worst idea they ever had. This promotes lying and disobedience. Did anyone else play their GameBoy under their covers or wait for their parents to fall asleep or leave the house before booting up the console?

    Posted by: Owlz
  • sweattea sit down.

  • No. The use of electronics is something a parent regulates child by child

  • OH HELL NO!

  • The government is not my mom or dad.

  • As long as a kid gets good grades and/or doesn't get in trouble all the time, what they enjoy should never be limited. Honostly, if they're doing what they're supposed to, what's the point of taking away what they like to do?!

    Posted by: Itani
  • That would be a violation of our constitutional rights

  • People should not be limited to 1 hour per day as it show too much control over ones life a person should play for around 4 hours

  • limiting freedom which harms no one is always wrong. Sure excessive use may dumb kids down but that is their choice

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SweetTea says2014-04-22T07:44:03.8744030-05:00
The cold, hard fact is that there is only 1 thing that can be "learned" from a video game. That is hand-eye coordination. And it is mastered rather quickly. Oh, I know they have created a few games as "learning" tools. But kids don't play those. The ones they play have, for the most part, no educational value. So, the need for limits is obvious. Are they fun? Yes. But that doesn't mean they shouldn't be played in moderation. Candy is good & its fun. But if you eat it all the time ... You ruin your teeth & you get fat! Let's be honest, constant video gaming also contributes to weight gain & teen obesity.
Owlz says2014-04-22T09:09:00.6296427-05:00
SweetTea, you a very mistaken. Video game are VERY educational. I can honestly say that I have learned more from video games than I have from my parents. Video games have taught me how to read, physics, mathematics, battle strategy, patience, survival skills, puzzle solving skills, how to deal with grief, critical thinking, pixel art, social skills, mercy, and this list is just scratching the surface. This knowledge and skills were not learned in educational games. Without looking it up, do you know why the sun sets red? 'Cuz I do. A fictional character taught me. Maybe battle tactics, the names of guns, and knowledge of how to survive a zombie apocalypse won't come in handy in a child's future. There are many, many, many other games out there besides shooters and sidescrollers. Yes video games should be played in moderation and might want to keep 5-year-olds away from shooter games, but do NOT completely shelter your children. Something that limiting parents don't understand is that if you develop children into sheep and then put them before wolves they WILL get devoured. I mean no disrespect by this rant but my parents made many mistakes while raising me and as cool as I am no child should have to go through a childhood like mine. If you'd like edifying video game recommendations or more details feel free to message me.
Owlz says2014-04-22T09:27:21.8884755-05:00
Hmm... It seems video games neglected to teach my how to not make typos. "Video game[s] are VERY educational" and "and [you] might want to keep 5-year-olds away from shooter games".
Owlz says2014-04-22T09:30:50.1858329-05:00
*me (wow ... That's just sad)
SweetTea says2014-04-22T10:25:02.2233835-05:00
Owlz ... You don't learn combat strategy by playing Call of Duty! Give me a break! The very suggestion is an insult to any veteran. Social skills? I don't think so. You have to interact with more than 1 "player" & do something other than Grand Theft Auto to acquire social skills. You say that your parents have made mistakes. Cute. Have you always been so ungrateful? Children don't come with operation manuals & "cheat" books! No parent is perfect. You won't be, either! As for why the sun sets red ... Yes, I know. I learned it years ago in a Science class. The fact you are even offering parental advice to me, when you have no knowledge of the task, is insulting. Obviously, video gaming hasn't provided you with a rational idea of your overall expertise or good manners. When you grow-up ... Finish high school ... Attain a Bachelor (at the least) ... Launch a successful career & raise 2 children to adulthood (successful college grads w/Honors) ... Then you can offer me some advice. Until such time, you would learn far more by asking the right questions ... Listening ... Reading ... And preparing yourself for something far greater than a trip to GameStop! An added bit of advice, since video games aren't meant to be resource materials, you really should try spending the afternoon in a library. You might be amazed by the actual facts & knowledge inside! Http://www.Businessdictionary.Com/definition/social-skills.Html
Owlz says2014-04-22T13:53:48.4978334-05:00
Woah, calm down. You took what I said completely wrong. Allow me to clarify. "You don't learn combat strategy by playing Call of Duty! Give me a break! The very suggestion is an insult to any veteran." - Umm, I've never played CoD. Try Fire Emblem, Civilization, and some RPGs. Also I said battle strategy, not combat. Like tactics. "Social skills? I don't think so." - Most online games teach you how to deal with trolls and emotional people. There are also games involving reacting to different people and events to change the story. Games like these also help you to learn how to deal with people. "You have to interact with more than 1 "player" & do something other than Grand Theft Auto to acquire social skills" - Ashamedly, I have never played Grand Theft Auto. "You say that your parents have made mistakes. Cute. Have you always been so ungrateful? " - Not gunna lie, this pissed me off. I never said I wasn't thankful for them raising me. Where did you even get "ungrateful" from? I was just saying that they made mistakes that I do not want to see repeated in future generations. "No parent is perfect. You won't be, either!" - Never claimed there are and never claimed I would be. We can get close though. Parents SHOULD want the best for their children. I was just warning that while sheltering children may seem like a good thing that in most cases it isn't and can potentially ruin said child's life down the road. "As for why the sun sets red ... Yes, I know. I learned it years ago in a Science class." - Good! I wasn't trying to be a smart a$$ here and I wasn't saying you didn't know. It was to make a point that you can learn some pretty educational stuff in video games. Also, it was a Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days reference. Didn't know if anyone would pick up on that. "The fact you are even offering parental advice to me, when you have no knowledge of the task, is insulting." - Hey it's just advice. You don't have to take it. I would though. My youth and first hand experience in this matter I would think would be a plus. You sound somewhat arrogant to me. Just because I'm not as old as you does NOT mean all my words should be disregarded as you have lived longer and thus know everything. The past generation does have things it can learn from the future. The world is constantly changing. "Obviously, video gaming hasn't provided you with a rational idea of your overall expertise or good manners." - Never claimed they were responsible for my manners. Forgive me if I'm wrong but I believe everything I have said so far has been in good taste. As mentioned before, I wasn't trying to insult you. If "sharing opinions" = "bad manners" then I am guilty as charged. "When you grow-up [...] you can offer me some advice. Until such time, you would learn far more by asking the right questions ... Listening ... Reading ... And preparing yourself for something far greater than a trip to GameStop!" - Hmm ... Outside of school I guess I don't really ask many questions. I have google and encyclopedias for that. Once again it seems you are arrogant of your age or my lack there of. But you make a fair point, I have yet to raise a family. Again I say that the past generations do have things they can learn from the future generations. My words should not be discarded so carelessly. Also, I make a trip to GameStop, on average, about twice a year. I don't consider myself a big gamer. "An added bit of advice, since video games aren't meant to be resource materials, you really should try spending the afternoon in a library. You might be amazed by the actual facts & knowledge inside!" - This struck me as sarcasm. Very rude. It is as if you don't believe I know what a library is. Honestly, the library was my sanctuary and home growing up. Sometimes it still is. It is one of the few places I felt safe. Surrounded by walls of knowledge. There are wonders to be found in books. Different worlds to explore and discover. I have yet to learn everything there is to learn in even small libraries. I doubt you have and so I do not believe you have the right to judge me in this category. I had nothing but respect for you when I made that post and, frankly, your response offends me. I still look up to you but some of that respect is gone. I don't like adults who think that just because they're older that it means they know more than anyone else who is younger than them in every category and, as such, younger people should not be allowed to voice their opinions or hold intelligent conversations with them. Your response reeked of this attitude. Once again, I'm sorry if I offended you. But I really don't see what I did wrong.
Owlz says2014-04-22T13:54:24.0047855-05:00
Sorry for the text wall. I had a lot to get out. :D
Cooldudebro says2014-04-22T14:38:42.1252020-05:00
@sweettea Your ignorance and logical fallacy will be crushed. You have been challenged to a debate.
Jifpop09 says2014-04-22T14:51:32.1827855-05:00
I agree. I learned more from TV and entertainment media then my friends of parents could of ever taught me.
SweetTea says2014-04-22T16:32:17.8379855-05:00
Guys, the thing to remember is that there are valid concerns & health risks with gaming. Just because you have not experienced them does not mean they don't exist. Once upon a time, everybody thought smoking cigarettes was harmless. Some links to consider ... http://videogameseizures.wordpress.com/, http://www.nintendo.com/consumer/manuals/precautions_console_pak_english.jsp, http://www.jems.com/article/patient-care/stimulus-overload-video-game-e, http://www.utexas.edu/news/2004/03/23/nr_video_games/, http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/do_bad_grades_violent_video_games_violent_kids, http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2012/12/13/students-and-colleges-vulnerable-computer-gaming-addiction-essay#sthash.pjcbjGX4.dpbs
Jifpop09 says2014-04-22T16:33:35.8874066-05:00
They are irrelevant and not a major concern. If your child is playing 15 hours a day, then get concerned. Even using entertainment for 6 hours will cause little damage.
Jifpop09 says2014-04-22T16:34:46.0535855-05:00
And the cigarette argument does not follow. We need to look at data we have now. I can't follow your reasoning that we should restrict entertainment to an hour based on the reasoning that we could find out its bad in the future.
Jifpop09 says2014-04-22T16:38:02.0071780-05:00
Video games are a source of fun and social interaction with friends in your down time. I don't agree with nazifying the industry like in Australia. And saying that Owlz suggestion insults veterans is an ad-hominen. Anyways, he is right about some things. Most video games teach you to have strategy and tactics to be good at them.
Jifpop09 says2014-04-22T16:40:31.5166196-05:00
And your reasoning is basically that the parents are effected by prolonged media use, even though you directly acknowledge head phones. Just make them use those, but the "I can't take it" is a somewhaat selfish argument. Kids shouldn't be nannied in their teen years. My philosophy, is that as long as they keep their $hit together, then they can do whatever they want.
SweetTea says2014-04-22T16:40:48.1617129-05:00
Jifpop ... I used cigarettes as an example of something once believed to be harmless, when it was just the opposite. And, yes, 15 hours is excessive. But how long is too long? Video gaming companies, as one of the links proved, are putting warnings on their systems. Why? Liability! That's the same reason a surgeon general's warning went on cigarettes, half my life ago!
Jifpop09 says2014-04-22T16:42:54.9265003-05:00
I'm sorry, but you made that ridiculous argument again. Data is currently in favor that video games are harmless as long as you take a 15 minute break every hour. You can't argue that "Studies in the future" will change what information we have now. Its a fallacy.
SweetTea says2014-04-22T16:44:40.3043855-05:00
If you had bothered to read the links, then you would know that the data is already available. There is evidence that a lot of video gaming fosters violent behavior ... Is linked to poor academic performance ... Causes seizures. That's pretty serious. Does it do this in all gamers? No. Yet, there is evidence that it is harmful. And some studies show that gaming more than a couple of hours a day is a factor.
Jifpop09 says2014-04-22T16:48:10.9859175-05:00
SweetTea, I had done prior research to this. Ever hear of Jack Thompson? He was against violent video games. He brought several studies into court like those, and they were all denied, for being insufficient. The last time he brought in a study, he was kicked out of the Florida bar. Even he admitted that there was little evidence. Most people are smart enough to tell video game from reality.
Jifpop09 says2014-04-22T16:52:11.3353349-05:00
The point is, not a single study has ever been considered valid by a court, and dozens have been attempted in courts. The only data we have of damage, is eye related due to prolonged viewing of animation. As long as you take a 10 minute break every hour, your fine. If you can prove that these studies are valid, like the 100's before you that tried, then I wouldn't consider your arguments so fallacious.
Jifpop09 says2014-04-22T16:59:02.7695117-05:00
The argument Owls made about video games teaching combat is sound also. FPS and Tactical games like BattleField and CallofDuty have all been used as simulator military exercises.
SweetTea says2014-04-22T17:05:42.8279855-05:00
Oh, Jifpop, you are hoot! Do you know how many times cigarette makers were taken to court? Do you have any idea how many lawsuits were lost, or thrown-out. Eventually, enough evidence was gained ... Cases were proven ... And the rest is history. To my knowledge, Jack Thompson hasn't taken a video gaming case to court in a decade. I believe the links that I provided you with are all less than 5 years old. You aren't dumb, but you are stubborn. Why are video gaming companies placing warnings on their products? To protect themselves. Why do they need protection? Because harm has happened & legal action has been sought. Did you even read the Nintendo link? They literally acknowledge that some people can be at risk!
Jifpop09 says2014-04-22T17:11:06.6437639-05:00
Stop with the ad-hominen attacks SweetTea. There is a difference between the smoking cases and the video game cases. Dozens of tests and studies were verified. None for video games. And your analogy doesn't fit. The rule of sunk cost, is to only debate on what evidence we have now. Not what we will in the future. You need to stop with these fallacious arguments, as they break so many debating rules. Jack Thompson hasn't been in a case in the past decade, because no one will take him. Hes been kicked out of two bars, and doesn't even have a place to practice law anymore. My problem still resides with the fallacys and ad-hominens though, coupled with the fact that you even admitted that most people can tell the difference between reality and entertainment. Contradictions and fallacies are all it takes to turn me off from a debate.
SweetTea says2014-04-22T17:21:52.5625584-05:00
No fallacies involved. The links provided are all reputable sources and up-to-date. The problem isn't my data, or my position. You & others just don't want to accept the facts. That's not reality, hon.
Jifpop09 says2014-04-22T17:26:29.1743855-05:00
Alright, frankly I'm sick with these ad-hominens. We will just have to agree to disagree. I doubt these nanny laws will ever be accepted though.
Shadowhuntress says2014-05-03T19:45:40.7803129-05:00
I think it's up to the parents
Zoroark says2014-05-07T08:10:47.6879920-05:00
Mothers just say that because they just don't like the idea of it. Your mother was wrong, video games are actually good for you, not only are they cool but they also make your brain healtier.
Zoroark says2014-05-07T08:14:35.9789779-05:00
Guys go read this http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/4164723/

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