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BBC School Report

Our teams of reporters from year 10 have been taking part in BBC School Report (http://www.bbc.co.uk/schoolreport/). Here are the two news articles they have written:

 

Gaming

Gaming is one of the biggest things we do at home. With the advancement of technology, people can play from traditional consoles (such as an Xbox or PlayStation) to their mobile phones. Mainstream media right now wants us to divert to the 1990s where technology wasn't as developed and people went outside. They argue that this was better for young people, but I disagree. Today, 58% of Americans play video games. So why stop that?  

When we play video games, the brain is learning just like reading a book or riding a bike. We are developing our brains as we play. Action games increase reaction speed without losing accuracy. Not all games require us to stare at a computer screen all day. An example of this is Dance Dance Revolution, or DDR for short. This game requires constant movement to keep up with the arrows moving up. This active movement does keep people active as they have to move fast in the higher levels. A lot of games require precise accuracy and strategy. An example of is Brawlhalla. In this game, you move around trying to K.O your opponent with combos. This requires prediction skills because you need to anticipate where your opponent will move. This can provide many transferable skills. For example, it can be good in the army because you need to predict where the enemy will go and do and deal with it. Another aspect of strategy games is deep thinking; you constantly reflect on the effect your move will have. This can be very good in situations in which you need to stay calm and make the right choice. 

Studies show that people with dyslexia perform better after playing video games. Recently, Army jet fighters use video simulation as practice instead of using real jets. This is effective as it is very inexpensive and effective as it is shown to be as realistic as flying a jet. This can cause little deaths due to jet crashes and payment for it.  

Many people stay home to connect with friends and family. So why not play some video games? Families and friends alike could get along playing video games and establishing a new bond because of them. Because of the internet, people can see each other face to face in two different points in the world. Gaming brings us together in the safe environment of our own homes.  

The gaming industry is developing games and products as you are reading this article. Right now, companies are creating simulation games on this new system called virtual reality. This life-changing product will allow us to see what events (like skydiving for example) would feel like without the risks.  

This advancement in technology is the reason why I play video games, and you should to. 

By Alimere ‘Saki’ Ali (Year 10) 

                                                  

 

Standards of Beauty

In modern society, the expectations of women are still quite high even for little things like the length of their hair. 

Some females experience hatred and struggle to fit into society’s expectations because of the length of their hair. Women and girls with short hair are criticised for being too ‘masculine’. Whether it is getting called names or getting weird looks while entering the bathroom, this can still affect one’s well-being and self-esteem.  

Females may choose to cut their hair short because that’s what they are comfortable with and they like it. This kind of behaviour, however, can be seen as ‘rebellious’ or just ‘weird’ to some. It is quite a big issue as it limits women to the average, stereotypical standards of beauty. Hair length and style are something that has been strictly assigned separately to males and females for centuries, but it is 2018 now. We should accept each other’s’ preferences and looks, because (at the end of the day) we are all human beings, and hair is just hair.  

By Oliwia Derda (Year 10)