Video games are usually the target of conversation whenever children do something violent or if they fail to participate in school. The big question is, is this even real problem, and are games damaging lives?
A top politician in the United Kingdom is warning parents that video games are dangerous and are capable of damaging children’s lives. The politician in question is no other than Culture Secretary Matt Hancock, and his eyes are set on the survival shooter that has taken the world by storm, Fortnite.
For those who aren’t aware, Fortnite pits 100 players against each other in a match to the death, and there’s only a single victor. Now, experts fear these games are forcing young people to be locked away in their bedrooms, a move that will likely have them miss out on real-world experiences.
“Too much screen time could have a damaging impact on our children’s lives.
“Whether it’s social media or video games, children should enjoy them safely and as part of a lifestyle that includes exercise and socialising in the real world.
“We’re looking at what more could be done in this area alongside game publishers, developers and other agencies to promote safety and support parents,” according to Mr. Hancock via the Telegraph.
Since its release back in July of 2017, Fortnite has been downloaded over 40 million times.
Are video games truly a damaging factor?
Yes, video games can be a major problem for children if parents fail to monitor their play time. Having a child stuck indoors playing multiplayer video games on a regular basis without spending much time understanding the inner workings of the outside world, is not good parenting, and as such, something must be done.
It doesn’t help that Fornite is free-to-play, and the fact it’s now available on mobile devices. It simply means a child, when not at home, can continue their addiction at school.
At the end of the day, children are not to be blamed here, but parents who are unable to control these children.