I did it! I have figured out what is the underlying problem with kids now days. Why these kids seem disrespectful, unsocial, the reason why they have no feeling for others or do not work well in groups. The answer is simple really and it has to do with one thing everyone has always thought was the problem. Video games. My take on this touchy subject is MUCH different than what the “experts” have to say. They say there is too much violence, too much time playing them, or not enough creative thinking while playing these games. I disagree (all besides the creative thinking one).
With a world leaning towards technology in every aspect of our lives, taking away the video games is just ludicrous and nearly impossible. You can’t get away from them. They have DSI’s and iPads. Games follow them everywhere. There are games you can download on your phone and guess what kids know this! So you can kill yourself by trying to get rid or block every video game you come in contact or you can figure out a way to deal with it!
My proposal for the change in video games came to my when my two year old son was forming an addiction to the app Angry Birds. He wakes up in the morning gets my phone and continues to play Angry Birds. Now if you haven’t seen this game or have been living under a rock with no Internet connection signal, I will explain it to you. This game had 180 levels and you can show off your achievements by Facebook or Twitter. The whole object of the game is to get revenge on the egg stealing green pigs who stole the bird’s eggs by using a sling shot to rocket the now “angry birds”. First, I want to state that my boss introduced me to this game so it is addicting for all ages. Second, I have never actually seen these green pigs “steal” the bird eggs, so I almost feel bad for the little hammies.
I can’t help but think how pointless is this game and what is it teaching the world. The answer: Completely pointless and absolutely nothing. **Side note I have found myself playing this game, I would be a hypocrite to say otherwise and it is fun** Still, it is completely stupid. This game though made my wheels start spinning; we played video games in school on the huge computers when we FINALLY got them. We turned out just fine, well most of my generation and a few years younger. Then it hit me; the game we played was Oregon Trail!
Oregon Trail, now there is an educational game teaching you everything you need to know! So this is my proposal: let your child play video games but make sure that Oregon Trail is a requirement! Now let’s define this game, so pull up your socks, we’re going back to elementary school. You take a journey of 200 miles across the Oregon Trail in a pack with other people in their fashionably covered wagons, through the plains, rivers and mountains. You and your family, slosh through the mud and water, with your trusty oxen that you bought at the local market and pray that you are not swallowed alive. You get to hunt buffaloes and bears but not before you buy supplies to allow you do to so. There are chances that your wagon might burn or that thieves steal your cattle or that you or your family members die of polio. But hey let’s make it even more realistic and let you put messages on your tombstone.
You learn math at the market. You learn responsibility as you protect your family and have to feed them. You learn loyalty. You learn the hardship of accomplishment and you learn the loss and to remorse. All these things are necessities that all kids should learn eventually. You learn while your play, and don’t even realize it, much better than playing that Mrs. Crabtree’s Friendly Fraction game. J Also, much more than I can say about Sling Shot Bird game!
So there you have it my input on how to create world peace: Implement the Oregon Trail. What can I say I am one smart woman who is trying to figure out how to impact our youth one video game at a time!