Ever wonder if video games are slowly turning your kid’s brain to mush? You’re not alone. Nearly 9 in 10 parents think their teenagers spend too much time playing, according to one survey.
You might worry about the long-term impact video games have, or maybe you’re looking for answers to questions like:
Here’s the thing: video games aren’t going anywhere – the vast majority of kids (including 97% of teens) play them every day. But it’s important for parents to set reasonable limits and encourage healthy gaming.
Some argue video games are bad for kids – they’re addictive, they make kids more violent, or they interfere with their attention span, for example.
Let’s look at what the research actually says about some of the most commonly mentioned video game hazards.
You might have noticed a recurring theme: the word if. Video games can be harmful if appropriate boundaries aren’t set. It all comes down to what kinds of games your child plays, how they play and how much.
Despite the bad rap they sometimes get, video games can be good for kids, under the right circumstances. For example:
Keep things positive with a few simple ground rules:
By following a few guidelines and setting some healthy boundaries, you can make video games a fun, positive part of growing up.
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