UK teachers have called for strict legislation to minimize pupil’s access to computer games.
Teachers voiced their concerns during the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) annual conference, saying more kids are becoming addicted to "fantasy worlds that separate them from reality".
During the conference, teachers indicated that health care professionals have found that children who constantly play computer games have a higher risk of developing learning difficulties and antisocial behavior. They also have a higher probability of suffering from seizures and tendinitis.
Alison Sherratt, a primary school teacher, said, "We all expect to see rough and tumble, but I have seen little ones acting out quite graphic scenes in the playground and there is a lot more hitting, hurting and thumping in the classroom for no particular reason”.
Sherratt added, "Obesity, social exclusion, loneliness, physical fitness, sedentary solitary lives - these are all descriptions of children who are already hooked to games ... Sadly there is a notable correlation between the children who admit to playing games and those who come to school really tired."
Mary Bousted, ATL general secretary, stated that the main concern is that parents do not pay attention to computer games’ age ratings, and this allows children to watch inappropriate content.
ATL urged all parents to be responsible for the content their children see on computers and other media.Talk about this article in the discussion forum.
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