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Video Games Are Not Bad For Children

May 31, 2008
Many people seem to think that video games are bad for children to play. This is not an entirely true statement. There is a proper time and place for all activities. As with every other activity, video games and gaming, when played in balance, can be both fun and healthy for children.

However, many activities have both positive and negative contributing factors, and video games are no exception to the rule. Let us discuss some of those factors. If we can acquire or maintain a healthy and balanced view of video games, perhaps a compromise can be made from both child and parent concerning this subject.

Monitor The Type Of Video Game Being Played

Action video games may contain a good amount of violence that may not be suitable for children. However, not all video games contain violence. Some video games are actually quite educational and can be very healthy as it could quite possibly stimulate a good amount of mental activity in the brain of your child.

Monitoring and screening the video games that are being played by your children could help solve this dilemma. You may even want to sit down with your children and play the video games with them so that you can get more involved in what games your children are playing.

Set A Time Limit

If you are worried about your child playing too much video games, setting a time limit or an allotted time each day that he are she is allowed to play could help. As children do need limits and boundaries, this could assist you in getting your child to realize what healthy time amounts of gaming are. When he or she is allowed to play video games for only a certain amount of time, they will get used to to this schedule and will eventually come up with other things to do after.

Use Video Game Playing As A Reward

You can use time for video games as a reward for either good behavior, the completion of tasks and chores, or whatever you please. By using video games as a reward, you can teach your child, or children if you have more than one, the value of time and purchased objects. You will also be able to teach them that recreation or entertainment is a privilege that can be attained by hard work. You will, in effect, be preparing them for what is to come later on in life.

So, do not so easily cross off video games as a terrible method of entertainment for kids. Be balanced, and teach your child how to be balanced also.
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