Imam concerned over computer games' effect on children
KUALA LUMPUR: An imam here has expressed concern over the impact of computer games on children, saying the portrayal of gods as well as heaven and earth in these games could potentially confuse them about the concept of the hereafter.
Chief Imam of the Usamah bin Zahid Mosque in Wangsa Maju, Ustaz Murshidi Abdul Hamid, said although these were merely games, if left unchecked, they could negatively impact the minds of the young people.
Parents should also keep an eye on the type of games played by their children, he said.
"Parents should prohibit their children from playing certain games if they contain elements which are against or derogatory to Islam," he told Bernama.
Meanwhile, a lecturer at Universiti Putra Malaysia's Communications and Media Studies Faculty, Ishak Abdul Hamid, said exposure to negative elements in computer games could also affect the children's psychological development.
"They become obsessed with playing computer games to the point of neglecting their studies," he said.
He urged parents to get themselves acquainted with the development in computer games software so that they would be able to tell which software were suitable for their children. - Bernama