Healthy Gaming Habits For Children

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Video games can be fun. But children need to balance overall screen use with other activities which are good for development.

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Parents can help their  children develop healthy gaming habits and make good choices about what, when and how long to play.

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For the children who are young, the best way to help your child develop healthy gaming habits is by playing games with your child, or watching while your child plays.

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When it comes to playing video games, you can make some ground rules to follow for kids.

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– Playing only games with a G or PG rating – Asking an adult before downloading or playing a new game – Playing only at certain times of day, like after schoolwork, before dinner, or on the weekends

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As the child gets older you can ask them and guide them to take more responsibility in takes care of their gaming choices and schedule.

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You can talk about – When to play as an example playing such games just before going to bed could affect your child’s sleep or how long they have been playing.

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You can also encourage your child to take a break in between games when frustrated or if sitting for a long time.

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When playing online with strangers you can  guide your children to be careful and be respectful to other players. And make sure they understand internet safety.

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With some healthy boundaries and the right guidance, video games can help your children have fun. With their healthy habits they can learn valuable skills as well.

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