Bradley Hospital Parenting Guide
In the world of virtual reality video games, parents must play an important role in helping their children identify with healthy media, while keeping them informed about negative media and violence. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, studies have proven a direct link between violence in video games and aggression in children and adolescents. For many busy families, video games readily become a convenient babysitter. Video games are a sedentary activity, with limited opportunities for social interaction and emotional development. Another major concern is the availability of graphic, disturbing and inappropriate material.
Playing videos games as the main activity during your child's free time hinders their social interactive skills and takes away from imaginative play. Parents should encourage their children to play with friends, make new friends or join in after-school, organized sports and other activities to help deter their children from only playing video games.
Parents need to set guidelines for the types of video games their children play and put clear-cut limits on their playing time.
Watch What Your Children Watch
It is important to be aware of the content in your children's video games. The younger the child, the more impressionable he or she is, and less experienced in evaluating content.
Even though a child may be chronologically a certain age, their social and emotional level of maturity may be different. Parents need to decide what is in the best interest of their children.
Children who are allowed to play video games where they are acting out the shooting may become less sensitive to violence, seeing it as an acceptable way to settle conflicts and desire to see more violence in entertainment and real life.
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