Like many parents, I’m concerned about my kids and “screen time”. I am definitely a bit of a Luddite and swore that I would never own a video game console. One reason for this is because I see how having access to video games in the home affects kids – especially boys, of which I have two. Constant fighting over the system between themselves and parents, refusing to accept boundaries and limits, missing sleep and more important activities – I wanted no part of it.
Then, my oldest son was given a Nintendo DS by a relative. I’ve been able to stay pretty strict over its use, probably partly because of the size. I can hide it if I need to!
This book gathers all the disturbing reasons why video games aren’t always just harmless fun. For example, video games are highly addictive. Video games have negative effects on the body and the brain – not only do video games contribute to a sedentary lifestyle but they also retrain the brain.
Video games can lead to a reduced attention span and reduced ability to deal in social situations. This book is helpful to a parent to give them confidence – I think most of us believe that there is something unnatural and negative about video games, and we’re not sure what. We don’t want to arbitrarily restrict our kids from something fun without good reason. At the same time, this book presents solid argument why parents should listen to their instincts. It will help strengthen your resolve to place limits on your child’s video gaming.
It also gives you some pointers from these experts on how to spot video game addiction and how to get help for your child – and even yourself! Video Games & Your Kids: How Parents Stay in Control is available on Amazon.com and in bookstores.Video Games & Your Kids Book Review