Children and Video Games —- DANGER!!!

What Do We Teach Our Children?

To protect our children from dangers, there are certain rules we teach them. In fact, most parents teach children the same set of rules.
1. Do Not Talk to Strangers
2. Do Not Hit, Punch, Kick, or Harm Someone Else
3. Be Kind to Others, Especially Those Less Fortunate Than You
4. If Grownups or Older Children Want You To Play With Them, Do NOT and Tell Parents 
5. Tell Parents If Someone Tries To Get You To Do Something You Know is Wrong.
6. Do Not Let Anyone Make You Show Them Your Private Parts, and Do Not Look At Other’s Private Parts
7. Do Not Get In The Car With a Stranger Or Tell A Stranger Where We Live
These are just a few of the rules we teach our children. Have you ever considered how many of these rules are broken when children play video games?
 
 

We are taught in Bible to be humble, to care for those in need, to love our enemies, and to show compassion. Yet, the lessons children are learning through their technology activities are the opposite. Our children are a gift God has entrusted into our care. This is a blessing and a joy, we must not let evil seep into one crevice of their lives, if we can avoid it. 

The wisdom from above is first pure, then peace-loving, gentle, compliant, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without pretense.                 James 3:17

Lessons Children Are Learning From Video Games

1.  It’s Alright To Talk To Strangers When You Are Playing the Same Game-

Parents are Taking a risk when allowing children to play online. These strangers could very well be predators, looking for their next victim. 

2. An Overwhelming Number of The Video Games Are Violent

Gamers enjoy killing their targets, the more kills, the more points, or levels they earn. Although some of the games are not violent, the gaming industry produces more of the violent games simply because they make more money from them. 

3. Kindness Does Not Earn Points Except In The Games Encouraging Children to Take Care of A Pet, or Other Character in The Game

There are some games which require children to care for animals, but many of these games do not allow players to save their spot in the game. Instead, players fear leaving the game because their pet may die without constant care. 

4. Women are Sex Objects

Even many of the children’s games have women dressed in garments which draw attention to size of breasts and exposure of much of the body. 

 

These are only some of the lessons children are learning. Other lessons and dangers include the following, depending on the games children are playing.

  1. Behavioral Addiction
  2. Acceptance of Violence
  3. Thrill of Gambling
  4. Importance of Self – Narcissism
  5. Demonic images and Figures Displayed Frequently
  6. Disrespect for Human Life
  7. Glamorization of Criminal Activity
  8. Disrespect for Authority and Laws
  9. Control and Power
  10. Lack of Empathy
  11. Glamorization of Torture
  12. Acceptance of Rape
  13. Lack of ability to Differentiate between real and Virtual Worlds
  14. Fixating on Tactile Ways to Invade and Escaped Detection
  15. Acceptance of Child Sex and Child Rape
  16. Questionable Values and Morals
  17. Stealing Rewarded

I encourage parents to do their own research on these “harmless” games before jeopardizing the minds of children.  The brain and the development of a happy, healthy child is too valuable to trust to a commercial or to the “trends” of today.  Just like the dangers of smoking, it was decades later before the dangers were exposed to be deadly.  Do we really want to wait decades before we acknowledge the dangers of the internet? I urge parents to be diligent and protective of the things going into your children’s brains. 

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