Video Game Craze
Home video games are very popular and have a significant influence on our children. Are they all that bad? Compared to watching TV they're a better form of entertainment because they are interactive. Your child's mind has to be turned on and working. Most of these games promote hand-eye coordination, paying attention to detail, and strategizing.
What then are the drawbacks? Similar to the ones we see with TV. Video games can dominate all of your child's free time and study time. They can interfere with good school performance. Your youngster can become a junior hermit interacting with friends only to pump them for pieces of information about hidden passage ways or secret doors. Encourage your child to play video games with others.
Don't expect your youngster to limit the time he spends playing video games. You must decide on a rule that is appropriate for your child. Here are some options:
- OPTION 1: Don't allow video games until after homework is completed. Then let him play for as many hours as he wants until bedtime.
- OPTION 2: Limit playing to one hour on school nights and 2 hours on Saturdays and Sundays.
- OPTION 3: Only allow video games on weekends.
In summary, video games can be educational, but they can also be addictive. It's important to set some limits on how much time they consume. Encourage reading, music, hobbies, sports and playing with friends as well.
If you have any questions about video games, consult your healthcare provider.
Disclaimer: This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. It is provided for educational purposes only. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information.
Author and Senior Reviewer: Barton D. Schmitt, M.D. FAAP
Last Review: 6/1/2008
Last Revised: 7/1/2005
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