Games Children Play. Our Childhood and The Modern One

Dear Reader,

I am not a Luddite (Honestly). New technology is marvellous in so many ways. Of course it gets abused like everything else in this crazy world, and obviously children , today need to know how to use computers.

Sometimes it just makes me sad that I see so much of the back of my grandchildrens´heads, or the top of it. They are either "Head down" playing a computer game on their laps, or sitting facing a computer screen. "Hi Nan" without even turning around.

I understand though, the parents who tell me they´d rather see their children using this modern technology than leave them to hang around the streets. It seems to be that´s the quickest way to make the wrong type of friend and get into trouble.

Also many parents are so afraid of paedophiles coming into the picture, that they´d prefer the children to be indoors.

I understand it but can´t help now and then putting on the rose--tinted glasses and think of my early childhood.

Skipping Ropes and Hopscotch..

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Children playing in the street,

Small boys climbing trees,

Sadly, when I look for them,

I now see none of these.


Little girls with skipping ropes,

Chanting as they skip,

Cheerily a rhyme, the´d sing,

Rope swishing like a whip.


Hard to find these children now,

All grown up they are,

Having children of their own,

But keep them close........Not far...


For times have changed over years,

Skipping, Climbing, Ball-games,

Grazing knees, a normal day,

Today... Just not the same.


Health and Safety rule the roost,

Cotton wool must wrap their play,

Softer landings from the swings,

That´s how it is today.


Is it me, just getting old?

Nostalgia colouring

My memories of playtime,

The happiness they bring.?


Who can say?, But I am glad,

that love was all around,

When I had grazed and bleeding knees,

Kiss made better is what I found.


I´m grateful for those happy days.

They didn´t last too long.

But children just need love,

And to know that they "belong"......





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davidwhoward 3 years ago from Indiana

Interesting take on the invasion of technology. I feel your pain. I have to really "convince" my children to put the controller down a lot of the time.

I read an article yesterday (can't find it at the moment) that said that our world has changed so much that by the time children are two years old they already have an online history! THAT is crazy!

You didn't sound like a Luddite in your article; I should know I /am/ one!

Thanks for sharing...


SilverGenes 3 years ago

You brought back some happy memories! While there are certainly computers everywhere, it hasn't quite invaded the same way where I live now. Here, children are still playing outside, riding bicycles, and getting into things they shouldn't (according to the rules, not anything serious). When I first arrived here, it seemed as if I had stepped back in time in a very comfortable way and that's what it was... children playing. Luddite or not, I agree with you 100%.


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Chris Achilleos 3 years ago

Very nice hub. I'm so glad I didn't grow up with so much technology around me. I remember playing outside and riding our bikes with friends. Kids today are mostly locked up indoors, always playing on electronic games. Things have definitely changed!

Voted up and sharing!


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Dim Flaxenwick 3 years ago from Great Britain Author

Thank you davidwhoward.

Great comment. I , too, find it ridiculous that 2 yearolds have an online history.

Pleased to meet you on hubpages. I appreciate your feedback.


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Dim Flaxenwick 3 years ago from Great Britain Author

Hi Silvergenes....... So good to hear you live somewhere that children still go cycling....It´s an ever changing world isn´t it.?

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving an encouraging comment.


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Dim Flaxenwick 3 years ago from Great Britain Author

Hello Chris Achillios,

Thank you very much for reading and leaving a positive comment.

I appreciate your taking the time.


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I remember as a little kid, playing softball in the yard with dad pitching and all the neighborhood kids joining in those summer nights. I remember the swing down by the pond in the summertime and ice-skating on that pond in the winter. But, even back in the day, my parents had rules for safety. We weren't allowed to walk down by the river, through the woods, near the railroad tracks, where the body of an unfortunate young woman was found. There have always been and always will be stranger dangers, be it the deviant in the neighborhood or an online predator. Online, indoor play can end with tragedy or close calls, as in the recent St. Louis news of a pre-teen making online contact with an adult predator who drove for over two hours to her neighborhood to meet. A vigilant policeman noticed her getting into his car and he was questioned and arrested for his criminal activities. With every generation, there are technical innovations that offer pros and cons. The lack of regular, vigorous, outdoor exercise in our youth, as much as today's processed foods, contribute to the preponderance of obesity in America. Exercise used to be a fun part of children's lives instead of another chore at the gym. There has always been evil in the world, and now the stalkers and deviants have found another way into the lives of innocent children through cyberspace. Awareness and caution have always been and will always be part of our lives.

Thank you for a wonderful read that left me not only reminiscent, but with much to think about, Dim Flaxenwick.


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Dim Flaxenwick 3 years ago from Great Britain Author

That was one heck of a comment....Loved it. Thank you.

You are on my wavelength.

I appreciate your support.

Take care, Dim.


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BlossomSB 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

I do so agree! Has the world become such a bad place that we must wrap children in cotton-wool? Sure, they need to learn how to use the latest technology, but when manners go out the window it's time to take a break and use up some energy in the old-fashioned way. We'd all sleep better if we did.


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Dim Flaxenwick 3 years ago from Great Britain Author

Great comment, Blossom.

Good to see you. Hope you are well.

Thanks again for all your support.


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Monis Mas 3 years ago

Lovely... It brought back some memories... :-)


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DREAM ON 3 years ago

Another classic.I remember only too well walking to the corner store in the summertime for a walk ofcourse we had no money.Using the pay phone for ten cents.Playing kick the can all afternooon.Walking everywhere all summer.T.v. was something we only watched at night.I am changing with the world slowly.Now I know what computer games they play but I still don't play them. Maybe in the next ten years I will finally learn when they are onto something else and they got too bored with this great tehnology and I can learn something that I never did as a kid.But for now I can't sit still to play on a game system when I can be outside in the fresh air and sun.Thinking of you and have a wonderful night.


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Dim Flaxenwick 3 years ago from Great Britain Author

Thank you Monis mas.... Glad to have stirred childhood memories for you.


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Dim Flaxenwick 3 years ago from Great Britain Author

Hi Dream On... So good to see you.

I loved your comment, your own childhood memories.

Take care and thank you.


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W1totalk 3 years ago

You are one hundred percent correct.


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Dim Flaxenwick 3 years ago from Great Britain Author

Thank you, W1totalk

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