It’s common to find parents worried about the time their kids spend on video games. The pandemic has intensified this trend, considering they have fewer options to socialize in person. However, it’s important to keep gaming at a healthy level. Putting clear limits on your kid’s screen time is an efficient strategy to make sure your kids dedicate to the homework and school subjects. We know it’s hard (SO hard!) Take a look at 8 strategies that can assist you in this process.
The vast majority of children and adolescents in the United States play video games. Although many children play them in moderation, without adverse consequences, others become obsessed with gaming. Parents may become worried when a child is neglecting homework to play games, or is staying up all night gaming and is too tired to get up for school the next day. Some parents notice that their child rarely socializes in person with others and spends all their free time on video games. Some children start to cover up how much they are playing.
In this excerpt adapted from Pause and Reset: A Parent’s Guide to Preventing and Overcoming Problems with Gaming, Nancy M. Petry, Ph.D., offers guidance on how to effectively limit gaming to a healthy level. Whether the goal is to prevent a child’s gaming from becoming excessive or to roll back play that seems out of control, Dr. Petry offers practical, parent-tested strategies for getting a handle on the role of video games in your child’s life.
Setting and enforcing limits on games
For children and younger adolescents, and even for older adolescents under the age of 18, you as a parent should have the bulk of the say in determining appropriate limits to gaming. Having clear and consistent guidelines related to video games prevents excessive playing. However, two- thirds of US children and adolescents indicate that their parents have “no rules” related to time spent on media use. Be sure you are no longer part of that majority! Here are guidelines for limiting gaming for your child:
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