I came across this post on Facebook from Bob Valvano (yes, that Valvano – brother of the late Jimmy Valvano). Permission to reprint was granted by Bob.
Passed a store that sells basketball goals, and the sign says “More basketball… less video games.”
Look, I LOVE Basketball, so MORE basketball is always good, but when did VIDEO GAMES become the catch phrase for everything bad about our kids?
Here is the reality…we collectively are too sedentary as a society. As such, we are overweight, under exercised and it spills over to our kids. But video games themselves are WAY too convenient a scapegoat. It’s not fair to make them the collection plate for ALL shortcomings in our kids.
For example had the sign said, “Hey kids! STOP READING THAT BOOK! Play basketball! ” you would have thought, well that’s dumb…we need kids to read.
Exactly…so their “inactivity” in THAT case isn’t bad right?
Therefore we can conclude the “problem” such as it is, is not “inactivity” it is video games, and that’s not fair.
Studies show MANY of these games have many positive effects on the minds and cognitive skills of the players.
I love games, but don’t really play video games that often so I don’t defend them with a personal agenda.
I guess it just struck me that if we want kids to actively play, we need to stop over scheduling every activity and stop over organizing each game.
Stop “adultifyng” every event…kids used to organize and figure it out on their own.
Only have 10 for baseball? Only hit to left of second base. Same modifications for football, basketball, street hockey, etc.
Now, NO ONE plays unless adults organize it, run it, direct it, overwhelm it, frequently ruin it (IMHO).
But I digress. The point is if we really think kids ought be more active and “play” more…stop organizing FOR them.
Show them “how” to do it themselves. Encourage them to go play.
Then get the hell out-of-the-way.
And stop “blaming” video games.