Go out & play

PUBG or PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, the online Battle Royale game, is infectious among youngsters. It is so addictive that those playing the game have developed injuries and a few even lost their lives. In today’s technology-driven world, it is impossible to control children playing online games. But it is the time to advise them on the ill-effects of playing such games.

Remember Blue Whale Challenge? It is a game reportedly consisting of a series of tasks assigned to players by administrators over a 50-day period, initially innocuous before introducing elements of self-harm and the final challenge requiring the player to commit suicide. But little about the game was quite as it seemed. Several deaths were reported across the globe including in India. Eventually, after great struggle, it was brought down from online platforms.

Psychologists say that children exposed to PUBG at a young age will develop violent behaviour. It also affects their performance in education. Until a couple of decades ago, children spent maximum time playing outside. It gave them physical health and won them friends too. Unfortunately, today they have become addicts to gadgets. There have been calls to ban PUBG. For a better tomorrow, allow your children to sweat it out with their friends.

NT Bureau