A friend attended the Democratic National Convention in Denver this week. Among the many items he snagged was a pamphlet from the No Child Left Inside Coalition, a group which seeks to foster environmental awareness and activity among young people.
That’s all quite commendable. Less praiseworthy, however, is the fact that the group’s brochure (obtained by GP) takes a cheap shot at video games in its opening paragraph:
Young people across America are spending more and more time inside – hooked up to video games, computers, and television, instead of learning, playing and exploring outside. The results are profound: increases in childhood obesity, a lack of understanding of the environment and a disconnection from the natural world.
Why some kids don’t go outside or don’t get enough exercise or are overweight would seem to be very complex social issues involving a myriad of factors, including available recreational opportunities, socioeconomic status, neighborhood safety, parenting, nonstop marketing of high-calorie food and drinks, etc.
Thumbs-down to No Child Left Inside for pointing the finger at video games…