There's a "notable correlation" between kids who play video games and those who arrive at school "really tired." Primary school teachers want "stringent legislation" to cope with it.
The group is very concerned over the effects violent games are having on primary school kids, reports The Guardian. One teacher said its effect has crept into pupil interaction.
"We all expect to see rough and tumble, but I have seen little ones acting out quite graphic scenes in the playground and there is a lot more hitting, hurting and thumping in the classroom for no particular reason," said Alison Sherratt, a teacher at Riddlesden St Mary's Church of England primary school in West Yorkshire.
"Obesity, social exclusion, loneliness, physical fitness, sedentary solitary lives - these are all descriptions of children who are already hooked to games ... Sadly there is a notable correlation between the children who admit to playing games and those who come to school really tired."
They argued that children so young have difficulty separating fantasy from reality and want "stringent legislation" to help combat the negative influence of such video games. However the general secretary of the ATL emphasised that it was the role and responsibility of parents and care givers to manage what entertainment their children were exposed to.
"It's about reminding parents and carers that they have a very real responsibility for their children and that schools can't do it alone," said ATL's Mary Bousted. Is this just more misdirected blame and handwringing? Sounds like it. Frankly it doesn't help that school environments and learning practices are more geared toward girls than boys.
It’s a fact that boys will turn anything into a gun and go 'pew pew' with his friends at that age. Surely it's time to overhaul the system and recognise boys get restless for a reason? Less gender bias - legislate that.
UK teachers blame games for rise in "hitting, hurting and thumping" among kids
04 April 2012 | By Simon Priest