Yeah, I know. You are probably wondering what kind of silly question is that, but I promise I have a point. Let me start off by saying that we are not a huge video game family. My boys do own electronics, but their time on them is severely limited during school time and slightly less limited in the summer months. That being said, when we were at my mom’s the other day and the boys broke out the playing cards and were asking me for instructions on how to play Go Fish, I had to sit and wonder how different childhood is in this technology filled world than it was when I was young.
When I was growing up, we had an awesome Atari. I loved Frogger and Pitfall, but I didn’t spend my entire day playing it. I played with my imagination and ran around outside for hours with my friends. Now, it seems the world is so technology focused that children are losing the ability to do these things and old classics like a Go Fish card game are quickly disappearing.
Don’t get me wrong. My boys love board games and they are kicked outside to play quite often, but what would happen if I did not limit their exposure to technology and allowed it to run rampant? What are children learning from these video games and Internet searches that they perhaps shouldn’t be at such a young age? Is it things like that that have led to episodes like the bullied bus monitor incident? All I know is that sitting there giving a refresher course in how to play Go Fish was something I had never contemplated having to do.
So, do your kids know how to play Go Fish and what are your thoughts on the emphasis on technology and being “plugged in” for today’s children?