Children nowadays can’t play or socialize freely with their friends outdoors. They can’t spend time playing with balls on the streets, skip a rope or play tag. Children rarely play games on the streets in today’s world. Children who get along well with technology doesn’t mean they are intelligent, experts say. Children who spend a lot of time with technology don’t mean they’re smart, they’re only the children of this age. The games played in digital environment also changed the conception of games. Online games released everyday in a digital world has caused the digitalization of children too. It’s not only the digital world but the families’ fears stopped children from playing on the streets. Children are deprived of their liberty more than they used to in the past. Children who can’t spend their energy outside, try to find themselves online games to spend their time with. Children who socialize and communicate with their friends outside have started to see digital world as their new playgrounds.
Children’s Need for Games Never Ends
Children whose time concepts and contact with outside world is restricted develop a narrow point of view. Children who are aware of more things also know what’s going on in the world. Today’s technology is their only reality. Games emerge as a real need for children. They have an important role in children’s physical, psychological, mental and social development. The need for games emerges naturally and depends on children’s will. Since adults are too old for games, when children wants to play a game they see it as an aimless process to spend time and distract themselves. In fact, playing games is one of the most important things that must be taken seriously about children. Children between the ages of 3 and 6 can never have enough of games. While playing games they even forget about their hunger and their need to use the toilet. For them, the game is a mission that has to be completed. They also have the opportunity to discover themselves and their environment during the game. Children who play with their toys inside or outside the house rather than technological devices learn taking responsibilities and obeying the rules during the game. Their learning happens through play, they improve themselves by acquiring different skills. Different games attract attention in accordance with different age groups. Children who do not have the opportunity to play with their peers also have difficulties in communication. They learn defending their own and others’ right through playing. Games are children’s need and it’s their parents’ responsibility to join their games at home instead of giving them technological devices such as tablets.