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Schoolchildren's late-night gaming causing them to nod off in class
Primary school children obsessed with online games are staying up so late they are dozing off in class.
A headteacher has warned parents to stop their children from playing video games and watching television into the early hours because it is affecting their education.
Suzanne Morgan, headteacher at Saltdean Primary School, said some pupils were ready to go to sleep by midday after a night of online games.
In a letter to parents posted on the school’s website, she said: “It has come to my attention that some of our older pupils are a little more than obsessed with various computer games.
“Some are admitting to playing these late into the night, especially the ‘live’ versions online, hence the extremely tired looks we are greeted with in the mornings.
“This lack of sleep becomes cumulative and it is very difficult for staff to inspire learning from children who by 12 o’clock are ready to go to sleep.”
She told parents that they needed to carefully monitor their children’s use of computers and televisions.
She wrote: “As more children have televisions in their rooms, we are finding that some are also watching TV until late.
“We therefore ask that you monitor use of TV and games and ensure that they are shutting them down at a reasonable time.
“I empathise with parents and carers, having gone through many battles of wills with my own children – they won’t thank you for it at the time, but they will later.”
Georgie Kennedy from Brighton and Hove Parents and Children's Group, said parents needed to take action.
She said: “There is a huge danger with online games.
“There are all sorts of things online especially if these children are accessing it in their bedrooms.
“And in the virtual reality world they lose out on interacting with others.
“If there is no discipline in the home how will they get on in later life?
“Everyone needs to hear ‘no’ at some point.”
The news comes after another primary school in Sussex issued a warning to parents about children playing violent video games.
Meeching Valley Primary School in Newhaven said last month that kids as young as seven or eight were acting out on-screen violence in the playground.
Most were playing games such as Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto, which should only be sold to those aged 18 or over.
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