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The word “game,” a constant point of contention between adults and children, has once again sparked a battle between parents and educators. However, this time the source of the game for children is one that works in education and training.

Children born at the start of this century, known as Generation Z, are identified by their internet use from an early age. Members of this generation are generally considered to be comfortable with Technologywith social media websites as the venue for much of their social interactions.

Questions about this generation, especially their activities in the virtual space, worry parents. A lot of unease lately has been based around an online game titled Chinh Phục Vũ Môn (Clash of Dice), initiated and co-organized by the Communist Youth Union of Hồ Chí Minh 2 years ago.

The game, organized as an online general knowledge competition for high school students, according to the founders, aims to create a useful playground to develop creativity and help children improve their general knowledge and social skills. It also attempts to help use the Internet more effectively for study and leisure.

The game was developed by Egame Joint Stock Company and then approved and launched by the Ministry of Education and Training.

Concerns about the game were raised by Trần Trọng An, a caring father from the Hoàng Mai district of Hà Nội, when he spotted his 5th grade son playing the game for a long time. Shocked to learn that the game was encouraged by the school board, even though her son was still only an elementary student, and concerned about the educational content of the game, An sent a note to the Minister of Education and of the Phùng Xuân Nhạ Formation.

From what An learned, the ministry issued an official document asking all high schools in the area to promote this game to their students. However, Clash of Dice has also managed to find its way into primary schools.

He wrote: “Since last October, the game has spread across the country and according to Egame’s announcement, it has 800,000 players, who must pay with an Ecoin card, designed only for the game, or mobile cards between VNĐ10,000 and 300,000 to purchase virtual in-game items.

“So can someone assure me and other parents that the content of the game is useful and safe for our children? I think the game will have negative repercussions for primary school students, who are still in mental and physical development, when they have to deal with competitive play, and money matters in this game. If it is really safe for children, I hope you (the minister) will clarify the situation for us.

After receiving the request, the minister asked all units, agencies and the youth union to stop all gambling activities. He also asked key units to review the effectiveness of ongoing or pre-scheduled competitions and to ensure that they are closed if adverse effects on students are discovered.

A ministry spokesperson said it encouraged students to be active in their studies through a number of channels, including online, but should be safe.

The competition’s chief organizer, Nguyễn Phú Trường, said that to improve the quality of the game, the organizing committee would welcome all ideas and opinions on its website. http://chinhphucvumon.vn.

Parents and students reacted differently to the note and to the Minister’s response.

A secondary school teacher from Hà Nội, Dương Tiến Thái, said: “We have to consult the students, who have direct experience of the game, instead of attacking it. Some students in my neighborhood said the mobile card fee had nothing to do with the process. of the game. It is also a national competition, so at least 50 to 70 competitors only managed to pass levels 1 and 2,” said Thái.

“As for the game itself, what we need to monitor is how long children play, review and modify the game factor and payment methods, while remaining true to its original purpose of In this digital age ruled by Facebook, 4th and 5th graders are drawn to multiplayer games like League of Legends and dotawith clash of dice be an entertaining and educational alternative. Why should we stop it now?

A housewife named Khánh Hạ agrees, saying, “It would be a shame if the game was forced to stop.”

“I hope that the organizing committee will listen to the opinions of teachers and students who participated in the contest. Personally, I let my child play and can make sure no fees are charged. The most important factor is who organized this game, so admins, please do your research carefully before jumping to conclusions,” she added.

Another mother argued that quitting the game was the right decision, adding that the decision had to be carefully determined, unlike those made before, “Don’t turn our children into experiments and ruin a whole generation”.

Ngô Gia Lâm, a father of two, asked why educators didn’t take their students out for outdoor activities, rather than harming their health with online games. Himself a teacher, he thinks that this kind of game only leads to poor scores for students and diminishes their ability to learn.

Đậu Hoàng Diễn, an 8th grader, is sad about the ministry’s decision. “I’ve been playing the game for two years and found it really helped expand my knowledge. My only concern was the cost as people were saying it wasn’t suitable for a kids game so I think that the organizers should get rid of that part,” he said.

Đặng Hoàng Nguyên from an international school provided another point.

“I think there is an ambiguity between the game and the contest here. Why is this competition attracting so much criticism from parents? First, there is confusion between the two domains of cpvm.vn and chinhphucvumon.vn, which proves that even the web organization is unclear. Second, on the site, the department notes the content of chinhphucvumon.vn the contest is different from the game,” he said.

“However, anyone who enters the website with no intention of playing can also join the game. So people can play the game without participating in the contest. Who wants to participate when I can just play the game, much better right? The point is that organizers should make a clear distinction between the game and the contest, and should not use two websites with two different purposes: competitive and commercial.”

Currently, the ministry has not confirmed whether it will relaunch the game or not.

As an older sister of an elementary school student, I guess while we are all waiting for a response from the ministry, why don’t parents spend more time doing outdoor activities with their children and take the time to listen to what they really want. If two or three more games are made or stopped, what ultimately matters is that we learn to be close friends with our children, rather than forcing them to do what adults want. VNS


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