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My husband and I are the kind of mean parents whom kids grumble about on the playground Were among that ever shrinking group of parents known as nintendo holdouts We refuse to buy a nintendo set Nintendo for those who have been living in a cave for the past few years is something that you hook up to your TV set that enables you to play various games on your homescreen Around Christmastime my son made a wish list and I noticed that nintendo was No 1 I said You know you are not going to get nintendo He said I know im not going to get it from you But I might get it from him Alas Santa too let him down Ive heard parents rationalizations about the games Theyre good for hand-eye coordination So is playing ball Its something kids can do without an adult watching So is-dare I say the word While hes playing at the screen I can relax for a few minutes Who among us hasnt usede the electronic babysitter from time to time But a few minutes Who are we kidding I dont think that playing a video game bow and then is really harmful to children Buyt the children I know are so obsessed with these games that they have prompted at least one second-grade teacher my sons to ban the word nintendo from the classroom When I asked my 7-year-old if the teacher wouldnt let the kids talk aboutr the games because thats all they were talking about he said No Thats all we were thinking about Our societyt is already so computerized and dehumanized that kids dont need one more reason to avoid playing outside or ygoing for a walk or talking with a friend Id still feel this way even if there were nothibng intrisically wrong with games whose objectives are to kill and destroy I know I know There are games other
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