School appeals to parents to help in video game addiction
A comprehensive school in Wokingham has issued a call of action to parents after student addiction to video games such as Call of Duty: Black Ops was deemed of unmanageable proportions.
St Crispin’s School has written to parents following an e-safety assembly entitled ‘Addiction to Online Games and Social Networking’ in which pupils admitted to playing the latest COD release for up to 23 continuous hours.
The letter, which was sent to the households of each pupil, read: “We would ask for your support in ensuring that the boys are aware of the dangers associated with devoting too much of their leisure time to playing the game.”
The school’s Assistant Headteacher and head of e-safety and ICT, Mike Elward, stated: “Clearly the letter did strike a chord with a number of the parents. We have had a number of calls back to us saying ‘thank you, it has given us an opportunity to have a chat with our children’.” He went on to outline the concerns of students playing games of such a physically violent nature and the effect this prolonged exposure has on video games.
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