May 13, 2010

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Published: Wednesday May 12, 2010 MYT 5:21:00 PM

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

Source of the news: The Star Online


Hajar said...

Assalamualaikum Kak Chik,

I'm one of those "kids" that grew up with computer/handheld/console etc. games. In my opinion as long as proper supervision and explanation is given/provided, then the confusion is obsolete. Besides, one can benefit from playing games i.e. strategic/critical thinking, imagination, thinking out of the box etc. Additionally, I think that obsession in just about anything is highly questionable.

kakchik said...

Wa'alaikummussalam Hajar.
Yes, me too and I agree with you. The sad thing is, parents seldom supervise their children these days. Because of the high demand of materialistic needs, parents usually are so tired when they are at home and wanted to rest. So the children are left alone to do what ever they want.

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