Gone are the days when playgrounds would be filled with children playing games, which helped them in their physical fitness and unfold their creativity, during the summer vacation season.
Now, it is other way around. Children are confined to playing indoor games that too on modern electronic gadgets such as Internet, computer and video games. Of course, children now play games and are addicted and suffer from health hazards even from playing many games on cell phones, said M.A. Kareem, secretary of Andhra Pradesh Psychologists Association, here on Wednesday.
Participating as the chief guest at a seminar on “Modern electronic gadgets and its impact on children” organised by the Mind Care Psychological Counselling Centre at Jawahar Bal Bhavan in Karimnagar on Wednesday, Mr. Kareem said that already 12 per cent of the children were suffering from health hazards after being addicted to the latest electronic gadgets in the State. Expressing fear that children were likely to lose their creativity after being exposed to electronic games, he said children were also being addicted to social networking and chatting online with new friends.
Finding fault with some parents for boosting up the image of their children for developing more friends through social networking websites, he said that social network chatting would prove dearly for them in the future, if there was no supervision. He informed parents to keep a watch on their children while playing games and chatting on the internet as there was every possibility that the children were also coming across a few dangerous sites too.
Eminent musician from Karimnagar K.B. Sharma, who has been conducting summer camps and teaching music to students, said that students were also showing interest to learn classical music during their vacation. Jawarhar Bal Bhavan coordinator K.V. Gopala Chary opined that parents should encourage their children to learn various arts such as painting, music, classical music and other forms during summer vacations, instead of allowing them to play games on computers, tablets etc.
12 per cent of the children were suffering from health hazards after being addicted to the latest electronic gadgets in the State