My Son Doesn’t Go Out
The problem may sound rather innocent, but it signals a major problem which could threaten your child’s health and proper development, unless you take some quick and decisive actions to nip it in the bud.
The issue is so serious – if your son does not go out, he spends most of his time glued at the computer or on the couch in front of that huge LCD full HD TV that you recently bought. Add the latest Sony Play Station console to this configuration, roll forward a year or two, and you will see your beloved son gradually becoming a well-rounded couch potato. He will have few other interests, isolating himself from peers, and his grades are likely to suffer. You may be ill-prepared to communicate with him now that there is a thick wall between your family and his virtual reality. Needless to say, inactive lifestyle is one of the main factors contributing to obesity and all health problems ensuing from it.
Many of us grew up during a time when having a personal computer was a privilege of a handful of well-to-do parents. Their children nonetheless preferred playing football and basketball to the latest edition of Command & Conquer. Truly, the situation has changed a great deal since we were children, with computer configurations becoming more and more affordable even in the developing countries and the access to Internet – easier. It is hardly a wonder that footballs and basketballs are covered by the dust of oblivion on the shelves in the local sports shops. And a growing number of children between ten and sixteen years of age (mostly boys) tend to be computer-whizzes, preferring to spend their summer days at the computer rather than in the playground.
Group sporting activities tend to be the most successful natural remedy for all sorts of gaming addictions. If your little boy is bemused by the dynamic and quite aggressive world of, say, World of Warcraft, you can enroll him in a martial arts class, where he will be able to give vent to his aggression under the careful guidance of an experienced instructor. School teachers and trustees are also responsible for giving our children access to a rich variety of sports facilities and organized sporting activities that will grab their attention and keep them away from the computer or TV set.Continued on the next page