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How many hours should a kid play video games a day?
Put clear limits on your child’s gaming. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests time allotted should be under 30 to 60 minutes per day on school days and 2 hours or less on non- school days.
How do you know if your child is addicted to videogames?
Signs to Watch For
- Thinking about gaming all or a lot of the time.
- Feeling bad when you can’t play.
- Needing to spend more and more time playing to feel good.
- Not being able to quit or even play less.
- Not wanting to do other things that you used to like.
- Having problems at work, school, or home because of your gaming.
Should you Encourage your child to play video games?
The most important activity you can encourage your child to do is one where they will learn something new, develop relationships, and live life away from their screens. I know it’s easy to let your child spend time on their video games, especially when they’re going through a hard time at home or school.
What activities can I do instead of playing video games?
These activities don’t need to replace their video games entirely. Maybe you and your child can agree to a contract so they can earn screen time…just a thought. Although this list is not inclusive, I hope it’s a good start to what you need. 1. Ride a bike. 2. Run through the sprinklers/go swimming. 3. Have a water balloon fight. 4. Take pictures.
How do I tell my child to stop playing video games?
Let your child know you are starting to question whether video games have a place in your home because they seem to cause a lot of problems. Offer a couple specific examples, such as “When I tell you it’s time to turn them off, you use abusive language. And, your grades have gone from B’s and C’s to D’s and F’s since you started playing _______.”
Do video games affect attention and impulsivity in children?
Because electronics are stimulating, video games and other interactive screen media are being marketed as learning tools. But studies show gaming has an adverse effect on attention and impulsivity over time— especially in children who already have attention problems .