Certainly it is a good idea to encourage kids to play outside as well as on the computer or other electronic media. I suppose a good balance of activities would be ideal -- an hour of play outside, an hour of homework, an hour of electronic games?
I have seen a BBC program about how too much of video games causes a certain part of the brain to enlarge and that creates ADD behaviour.They had recommended that parents should keep children younger than 8 away from video games.After that maybe one hour a day. They are too addictive.
Eh, maybe it's just a product of my childhood, but I don't see the need to limit it as long as she's getting everything she needs to do done (schoolwork, any chores/errands, has friends, other activities, etc).
I was never limited in how long I could play my NES and Gameboy back in the day (waaaaaay back when 8-bit was like OMG! and handheld gaming was like *swoon*) so maybe that's why it sounds so foreign to me.
Always had a plethora of game systems (and games - my mother loved to watch me play them as I did to play them). Even today I have a PS3, PSP, DS, GameCube, even my SNES is still hooked up.
*shrug* do what you need to do, though.
If I were to limit it, maybe 2 hours a day - depends on how much "free time" they have overall.
I don't think little kids should play them at all; and I think when it comes to older-but-not-high-school kids, parents should kind of set things up in a way that naturally limits how much time they spend on it. With high-school kids, I think parents should be happy if, for example, their 15-year-old is at home nights, playing video games (or in the house afternoons, playing video games with a friend), rather than hanging out "for all hours".
With little kids, though, I really think it's important they be encouraged to do other things. There was a pilot program in my area, and the aim was to see if having kids in the top "x percentile" developmentally mixed in with special needs kids. My daughter was admitted as one of the non-special needs kids. At a parents' meeting I was amazed when the mother of a special needs child said she "couldn't stop him" from spending too much time on video games. She asked if that was everyone else's problem too. I didn't know what to say because the only one I had playing video games was my 12-year-old son, and I paid attention to how much he played as well. The other mothers of the non-special-needs kids were pretty much like I was. I can't help but thinking that says something about little kids and video games.
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