Discussion

Gaming


Some video games teach kids the wrong values. Violent behavior, vengeance and aggression are rewarded. Negotiating and other nonviolent solutions are often not options. Women are often portrayed as weaker characters that are helpless or sexually provocative.


Video games may also have bad effects on some children’s health, including obesity, video-induced seizures. and postural, muscular and skeletal disorders, such as tendonitis, nerve compression, carpal tunnel syndrome.


A study by the Minneapolis-based National Institute for Media and the Family suggests that video games can be addictive for kids, and that the kids' addiction to video games increases their depression and anxiety levels. Addicted kids also exhibit social phobias. Not surprisingly, kids addicted to video games see their school performance suffer.


Kids spending too much time playing video games may exhibit impulsive behavior and have attention problems. This is according to a new study published in the February 2012 issue of the Journal of Psychology and Popular Media Culture. For the study, attention problems were zdefined as difficulty engaging in or sustaining behavior to reach a goal.


Set boundaries as to how long your child can be playing games/chatting on the computer. 1-2 hours should probably be the maximum.


Put stickers on the top of your computer to have a "guilt" feeling.










Music


Music can help us relax. As quoted from ithp.org "Of course, all sound affects us. It does this in four ways: physiologically (entrainment can change our heart rate, breathing, hormone secretions and even brain waves); psychologically (affecting our moods and emotions); cognitively (changing how well we think); and behaviourally (we move away from unpleasant sound if we can)." Music can be affecting us for good and bad but mostly dependent on what kind of music you are listening to. If you are listening to smooth music, it makes you feel relax and it can help to calm down your mind. But if you are listening to some fast paced music, it can make you feel very hyper. Depending on the person who is listening to music, the volume of the music also matters. Making the volume too loud can hurt your ears, while listening to it a little softer will not. According to our data, girls listen to music more often than boys. Therefore, we encourage more boys to listen to music more often by trying to involve them in music related activities.










Social networking


Research claims that social networking is used more by girls than by boys .You might be wondering what is social networking ,well is is a platform for humans to communicate virtually,in the comforts of their home.There are a few advantages and disadvantages of social networking .One of the advantage of social networking is that you can communicate with your friends,relatives or even teachers without travelling long distances .With this new technology ,we don’t have to talk face to face .One of the many major disadvantages is that some people become so engrossed in their online life that they don’t pay attention to their friends,relatives etc. when they talk to them physically . Some people even choose to spend their lifetime online while choose their social life. What we have reasearched in SST is that girls choose to do more social networking during lunchtimes . What we can do to solve this problem is that we can set  web timer which record information and the amount of time spent on spending activities .








Ebooks


Books are of many kinds. Science, adventure, horror, thriller, romance, comedy etc. These books greatly improve our vocabulary and increase our knowledge. They broaden our thinking capacity and shows us that the sky’s the limit. Increasing our imagination, books help us in ways that nothing can. In SST, where everything is technology based, we tend to read more of Ebooks as our LDs are always with us. Our research has shown that girls read Ebooks more that boys. How can we encourage boys to read more Ebooks?  Boys usually gravitate towards action or adventure books. To start of, we can provide them with free Ebooks of these genres. Once they get interested, they will eventually download books on their own and begin to read. They might even pick up books of other genres



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Movies


One of the main reasons and the main advantage of watching movies is simply for the pleasure of it. Some people forget that enjoying yourself is one of the most important things in life and we should regularly do things we enjoy to have a happy, healthy life. Many people find movies to be relaxing and a way to chill out and enjoy an evening.


Another advantage is the fact that some movies can be extremely educational. We can learn about a potentially unlimited amount of topics by watching movies. There are many movies about wars that teach us about the history of war; but movies do not just teach us facts or historical dates, they can also teach us about our emotions.


There are many sad films or happy films where we can see how other people have dealt with certain emotions and if it is done in a positive way we can use the experience of others and apply it to our own lives.


  • Disadvantages of watching movies
Some of the disadvantages to watching movies come from the fact they are often an unrealistic portrayal of life. We like movies to have a 'happily ever after' ending but in reality, this does not always happen. It causes depression and make the watcher feel like it is really gonna happen in real life


In movies, the good guy always wins and the bad guy has to pay for their crimes, but we know this is not always how the world works.


Another disadvantage is the fact that people often spend a lot of their lives watching movies but there is no substitute for getting out there and living life. Some people spend too much time in the fantasy world of a movie when they should be facing reality


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Email


What are emails and what are emails for ? According to the famous ‘free dictionary.com’ the definition of email is -A system for sending and receiving messages electronically over a computer network, as between personal computers.Emails work through the internet .The magnificent creation of internet enabled the existence of emails .Email unable the generation to send each other important documents or communicate personally without seeing or telling some things over the phone or face-to-face. The some advantages of email is that we can add documents etc .Now talking about disadvantages is that through emails people might send vulgarities or obscene things .There may evn be viruses or chain messages found in your inbox .People might unknowngly click on the link and be in deep trouble . In SST ,according to a research , girls use the email function more than boys .The solution for this problem is maybe to pose a firewall and prevent all these nonsense emails from coming into student’s email addresses ,thus decreasing the risk of a virus .





Surfing the net

On the net, you can find solutions to all  types of problems, making it a very widely used platform. However, sometimes, it can turn out to be very distracting as well. As per our research, an equal number of boys and girls use their LDs for surfing the net during recess. We found out that surfing the net becomes a big advantage for those who do as they have a higher level of general knowledge. Thus, we encourage more students to use the internet to gain knowledge from around the world in their free time.
One way we can do this is to send out URLs of recommended sites such as www.nationalgeographic.com , new sites etc.
Another way is to set aside some time at school just for students to go on these sites, maybe once a week. So, students can use this time and learn more.


Homework


We also found out that some students are doing their homework during recess. This could be because they had a lot of homework and have to do it during recess in order to finish them in time or they are just rushing their homework last minute. Recess is for them to have a break from all the studying, not for them to do homework. As quoted from TeenInk," Homework is bad for you. Researchers say it is excessive and counterproductive ". This means that although  homework could be good for you, too much of it is not good. Homework could cause stress, which is bad for health. As young adults, we must be as healthy as possible. Therefore, students should not do their homework and take a break during recess. The school can place posters all over the school to tell students that too much homework is bad for them.


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