(ARA) – Kids love video games – they’re exciting, fun and engrossing. While games can promote learning and growth, too much video gaming – or playing inappropriate games – can lead to negative consequences. What should parents know to make good game choices for their children?
Second of all, I don’t think my kids need video games in their hand. They see other kids playing games and I’m fine if that works for other families, but for us, we set aside distinct times when our boys play games. I don’t want them having constant access to games when they have so many other things to play with, look at, think about, and do.
The 80s and 90s kids saw big growth in video games as a key form of entertainment. Even 20 years ago, coin operated arcade games were well on their way out with the firm establishment of home console systems, lead at the time by Nintendo and Sega. Although consoles still make up a big chunk of kids video games today, the rise of mobile and internet games now also takes up a big chunk.
Odds are your kids play video games. And as their parent, you have ideas about what’s right for them when they do. Fortunately, tools like game ratings and parental controls can help you learn about the games your kids want to play — and help you make sure they’re playing according to your rules. That includes knowing how to make sure your kids can’t access online features if you don’t want them to. Regardless of the limits you set or the tools you use, talk to your kids about them.