IELTS Writing Task 2
Some people say that modern children’s games do not contribute to their development (of a wide range of skills) as much as traditional games do. To what extent do you agree or disagree? Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
It looks like that modern-day children are in danger of missing out some of the finest games played by their grandparents as part of the cherished memories of childhood. Relatively, children growing up in the world of today would rather stay inside and play video games than go outside and play traditional games. Typically, those modern games do not contribute so much to children’s development of many life skills as do those traditional games.
What, then, are the advantages of traditional games that contribute a lot to children’s development and beyond? First of all, it is important to understand that most adults’ happiest childhood memories probably revolve around more simple pleasures from playing such favorite games as hide and seek, kicking the can, building sandcastles, flying kite, skipping rope, and climbing tree. A number of ‘folk’ games which have been passed from generation to generation include many positive effects, including physical skills and socializing skills among children. What is more, since traditional games are usually played with minimal technology and maximum freedom, children can learn by example from other children without written rules pre-determined by computer programs. Without a doubt, children need that kind of freedom to play traditional games as a physical and mental necessity in the open air, and not just playing computer games like a little nerd in front of the screen.
As long as children enjoy playing, there is nothing wrong with modern games, if they are not played excessively. However, it must be pointed out that modern electronic gadgets, for example, barely feature in the treasures of childhood memories, not to mention that they are likely to affect negatively children’s wellbeing. Indeed, traditional games are so integral to childhood that a child who does not have the opportunities to play some of them is cut off from a major portion of childhood. Nowadays, there are even fears that technology is creating a generation of lonely children who struggle to make friends. Lack of exercise is also a key factor behind soaring levels of obesity, with the average youngster spending long hours daily spent in playing video games, and less time spent in doing outdoor exercise. Therefore, whereas digital games have their share of cognitive benefits ranging from improved problem solving skills to spatial navigation abilities, they nevertheless tend to be isolating and sedentary in most cases, as compared with traditional games.
In terms of children’s physical and mental development, traditional games do much better than modern games. Today’s children should be allowed to play modern games with limited screen time, but it is always advisable not to forget altogether those traditional games. After all, playing traditional games is probably the best way to remember the happy childhood.