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Are Computer Games necessary for boys? Discuss

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SingleMama Mon 22-Apr-13 14:31:42

Some people say that the above is true. Would like to hear your experiences on computer games/ video games for boys over 6 and whether they can enhance or only hinder a boy's development...

BackforGood Mon 22-Apr-13 14:40:56

Who are 'some people' ? hmm
Ridiculous statement.

purrpurr Mon 22-Apr-13 14:47:00

At the risk of potentially hearing an implication in your question that wasn't intended, is there a reason why you are specifying boys only here? Is that because that's what's relevant to you?

SingleMama Mon 22-Apr-13 21:30:41

Ooh a bit of aggro! ;-)

Some people have said this to me (In response to my dislike of them.)

I would like to know if anyone out there thinks that they are actually of some benefit. To children if you want to take away the gender issue implied in my question.

Go on... tell me what you all really think...

StuffezLaYoni Mon 22-Apr-13 21:32:41

Necessary? No. No they're not. I would struggle to respect the opinion of anyone who told me computer games were "necessary" for anyone.

Smartiepants79 Mon 22-Apr-13 21:36:54

Necessary? No.
A bad thing in sensible amounts? Also no.

dyslexicdespot Mon 22-Apr-13 21:38:56

What do you think?

Smartiepants79 Mon 22-Apr-13 21:39:21

My husband tells me they are good for improving hand eye coordination.
Up until 30 years ago they didn't exist.
All previous generations of children survived without them.

SingleMama Mon 22-Apr-13 21:42:08

I'm also told that boys 'need' guns etc and that this is a normal phase.
'He's a boy!' etc etc.

'Some people' also think that if you reject these things, then he will just want them more...

SingleMama Mon 22-Apr-13 21:46:21

All the boys (within a certain income bracket) in my son's class have a DS. This makes my son want one too. I'm not really considering getting him one but Id just like to hear some arguments for and against. I hate guns and computer games but I'm also a woman and have never been a 6 year old boy.

Sirzy Mon 22-Apr-13 21:49:09

hating computer games is quite a wide statement as computer games can be everything from educational games to the blood and guts shooty things.

I don't think it is a good thing to ban computer games altogether, my only issue would be with the type of game but I would have no problem with age appropriate games in moderation

orangeandlemons Mon 22-Apr-13 21:52:52

Depends what you mean by necessary

In terms of social acceptance as they get older, I would say yes perhaps they do need them so they can interact with peers.

However I see no harm in a 6 year old having them. Ds had them at that age, and he's at university now..

Is this a Luddite thread?

LtGreggs Mon 22-Apr-13 22:03:51

My son is 6 and has never asked for a DS or similar. I don't think he's ever played any kind of shooty video game, and has also never asked to. This despite some other kids at school having this kind of thing.

(He has played a few phone apps and some cbeebies computer games and they do computer stuff at school.)

He is very keen to play shooting games / sword games / general death & destruction games of the old-fashioned kind - using toy gun / lego gun / stick / fingers etc.

So, I'd agree the guns phase seems pretty normal (though surely not obligatory). But is the question really about guns or about computer games?

SingleMama Mon 22-Apr-13 22:04:45

The educational ones are fine! But don't they already do those in school?

Is there not an argument for saying that there are lots of more valuable / fun/ creative/ interactive things to do than sitting in front of a computer screen?

Sirzy Mon 22-Apr-13 22:09:03

thats why it is about moderation though isn't it?

I was reading some research a few weeks back which was suggesting that computer games were more beneficial than watching TV, whereas prolonged watching of TV had been shown to effect the childs social interactions computer games don't appear to have the same effect.

It is certainly true that there is a lot more interaction with computer games than there is sitting in front of a TV screen.

Playing on a computer doesn't need to mean that children aren't doing things which are valuable (how do you define value of an activity anyway?), fun, creative or interactive.

SingleMama Mon 22-Apr-13 22:11:31

If anyone can recommend any worthwhile ones for me to check out, that would be great! What do they even play on their DS? Is it not just super mario and things like that? Or 'oh look I'm virtually driving this car!'

Surely once they have the system, they don't want to do the educational games anymore?

My son has a sibling that he gets on really well with! I don't want him glued to a screen.

Any online game recommendations? I wasn't very impressed with the CBeebies one.

And no I'm not a 'Luddite.' I had to look that up as Im not English

Trill Mon 22-Apr-13 22:14:20

Why do you think that girls any boys are different in their requirements for computer games? confused

SingleMama Mon 22-Apr-13 22:15:07

Yeah my kids don't watch TV. I think most of the stuff on TV is rubbish. They do watch good DVDs.

If anyone knows of good educational Internet-based games & things, would love to hear :-)

SingleMama Mon 22-Apr-13 22:17:33

In response to Trill, I am simply reacting to the *societal norm* that it is acceptable for boys to while away the hours playing computer games whereas girls are trained to be more productive.

seeker Mon 22-Apr-13 22:20:59

My ds plays computer games with his friends- either at one of their houses or on line. I think of them as the equivalent of board games. I spent hours playing Risk, and Cluedo and Monopoly when I was his age. It's the same thing.

DontSHOUTTTTTT Mon 22-Apr-13 22:31:18

No one needs computer games but they are great fun. They are only a problem when combined with parents who don't control there use. We have always had computer games in our house. I had them before I had kids. My kids are now college/Uni age and still play on their computers. They also play sports for fun, read for pleasure and they even play board games. shock.

We have loads of fun playing computer games as a family.

If ou don't want your DS to have a games system then don't get him one. It really is fine.

SingleMama Mon 22-Apr-13 22:31:28

Ltgreggs I missed your post before. Im interested in hearing about both :-)

SingleMama Mon 22-Apr-13 22:32:56

Don'tShout Id love to hear what computer games you play as a family

DontSHOUTTTTTT Mon 22-Apr-13 22:33:27

My DD plays the same games as my DS's. I don't think computer games are more important for boys than girls.

LtGreggs Mon 22-Apr-13 22:34:27

SingleMama - try the Children's University of Manchester and the NASA Kids website. They have games / quizzes that my 6yo likes.

Reading ability can be a bit of a hurdle - DS1 will sometimes also go back to more boring CBeebies games because he can work out what to do without help.

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