Share The Nintendo DS everywhere?
The portable consoles of videojuegos, and especially the Nintendo DS, that has a quota of market of a 70%, that surely is greater between the infantile public, they are one of the greater entertainments of the children.
In the CAP (Primary Care Center) where I work it is usual to see children in the waiting room playing with their console. I have also seen children with them in restaurants, on the street, shopping with their parents in a supermarket, etc.
The last child I saw with the console on "dale that I hit you" (apart from my son at home) was one that I vaccinated a few days ago. It was so complicated to make him separate the view of the console that I asked myself: the Nintendo DS everywhere? The consoles are not the devil, far from it. Children love them and in principle, if they are able to manage their own time or if the fact of playing with video games does not take away time to interact with other children, to play other things or simply to make family life, There should be no problem with them, since both children and adults have to be able to play something just for fun, without seeking a secondary learning, a superior brain development or any of the goals that are implicit in the educational games that both They like parents today.
Now, where is the limit between the time that could be considered optimal and an excessive time that could affect relationships with others?
The child that I just talked to came to the clinic accompanied by his mother to give him a hyposensitizing vaccine (allergy vaccine that is placed periodically and after which they have to wait half an hour in the waiting room to assess a possible anaphylactic reaction).
I greeted them when I entered and the mother answered me, but not the child, who entered playing his game. The fact of greeting or not consider it superfluous, children are always accompanied by their mothers or fathers and as we are the adults we usually talk about, they usually do not do it.
They sat down, I started to prepare the vaccine and the mother asked her to leave the console. The boy did not do it and only looked up when I went to vaccinate, basically to close the eyes and endure the pain of the prick.
Then he continued playing while they left the office in the direction of the waiting room.
Half an hour later I approached to show my arm and assess the possible reaction and said, "Let's see, show me your arm." I waited for him to raise his sleeve and show me the place where he had punctured him. He did not, although he did move his arm towards me, without lifting his hands from the controls of his Nintendo DS.
"Come on, man, do I have to raise your sleeve?" I asked sarcastically (not angry) as he lifted it up. I observed that there was no reaction and he answered: "Siií", without much conviction and maybe not knowing if he should answer my question or not.
The fact is that by assessing the entire scene, I wondered to what extent we should allow the children to live with their heads downcast, with their eyes fixed on a screen .
As I said I've seen children in a restaurant, eating with their families, console in hand and I've always thought the same thing: with the little time children spend with their parents (and vice versa), what do they do on a Saturday eating out with the console?
I think there are many moments throughout the day to play some time with the Nintendo DS (and if one day you do not play either nothing happens), as to lose the forms to others (if someone addresses you, look up and attend to it) and as if to lose the opportunities to learn to taste the surroundings with the eyes and to dialogue a little with the family.
A restaurant is an ideal time to talk to everyone, to explain and listen, to observe the behavior of other people, the waiters, the decoration of the restaurant, the taste of the dishes that serve us, etc.
The visit with the nurse is a good time to spend thirty minutes talking with your mother about what you have done that day and listen to her tell you what she has done.
It is not that anything happens to take the console, but I as a parent would brake if my son lost the ability to interact with other people and answer without looking up from the screen.
Perhaps part of the problem is in the fathers and mothers, who do not help to make moments of family moments of communication and happiness. Maybe they even get bored with their parents and that's why they take the console. I do not know, what do you think about it?
For now, in my house, there is an unwritten rule (or verbalized, for now), which says that the Nintendo DS, even portable, does not go out.
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