Rules for healthy, happy video gamers

We know that video games often get a bad wrap from media, parents and society as a whole as they lament their intrusion into a nostalgic world of books, board games and outside play. But of course, this is not the ‘fault’ of video games and nor are video games here to destroy the idyllic childhoods we had in mind for our offspring. They are just another form of entertainment, storytelling, pastime, social platform and sometimes stress reliever that can be a perfectly healthy addition to our children’s lives. They can also while away many hours from a child’s day, promote violent play and misogynistic themes and prevent children from getting the exercise and sleep they well need. So like all modern day developments, we should get active and empowered about the role these relatively new toys will play. Rather than cower in a world of anxiety and fear, constantly clicking on the alarmist headlines, let’s instead take the reigns and work with our kids, and with the technology, to ensure it can be a positive addition to their lives.

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