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Computer Games



How glued is your child to the latest computer game you bought for him? Is this obsession with his Gameboy impacting his outdoor playtime?


Every now and again we hear stories of parents giving in to their child's consistent demands for a computer game. While some children play these games once in a while when bored, other children get so hooked on that these games become an obsession and lead them to neglect their studies, friends and other activities.

If you have to drag your child away from his computer games for dinner every night or have to push him out to play with friends, you need to come up with a strategy to get him de-addicted.

If you have to drag your child away from his computer games for dinner every night, or if you have to push him out to play with friends, you need to think about a strategy to get him de-addicted.


Lonely

Computer games can often be played alone. As such, your child will not really care if he meets his friends or not, as he is having too much fun on his own. Many children prefer the company of their computer to that of friends and people in general - including you. Your child will be deprived of the comfort that comes with a social circle.


Violence

Some computer games are very violent in nature. Such an extensive exposure to violence at such a young age is not good for your child under any circumstances. We think twice before taking our children to a movie that shows violence. Why then are we so lax when we see our children cutting off heads of their 'enemies' when playing computer games? Yes, they do understand it is a game, but what makes the difference is the amount of exposure your child has to such violence. If it is a game played once in a while, there shouldn't be an issue. But if it is played everyday, for 4 - 5 hours a day, your child will certainly develop aggressive tendencies.

Avoid buying computer games for your children. Instead, encourage them to play outdoors with their friends, as far as possible.


Board games

Make it a habit to play board games with your children, so your child doesn't turn to the computer or the television when he is bored at home. Many children would love to play a game of chess, scrabble or ludo with you but parents are often otherwise occupied. At least once a week keep some time aside to play with your child.


Read

Encourage your child to read. If your child is into reading, he may prefer spending time with a book when he is by himself at home.


Other parents

Some parents like to be the first to get their children the latest craze in the market. If the latest craze is a new computer game, as far as possible try to be the last, and not the first parent to get it for your child.

Often a child wants a new game because all his friends have one. Speak to his friends' parents and together try to avoid buying computer games.

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soeak my mind.7 years ago
let me talk about a span of 2 generations. my brother - when he was 5-7 years old was a computer and tv addict. my parents were strict in not buynig him computer games but low and behold ,he used to save up pocket money in methods no financial advisor could thinnk of and he'd say to mum and dad who very magnanimously though he'd saved half the money , pitch in the other half anf buy it for him . he was usually left with the maid for half the day , and if he watches tv or plays with this , he sits in a corner quitely reducing one job for her(but not her salary). my brther had no acdmic issues . he had always been the top student in school but such sddiction was a worry. it was not a good habbit .

now it is my 5 year old who attends a kindergarten . i was worried as he could not pronounce some words clearly when he was little , but the way he pronounces some stupidly ridiculously complex names ,certianlly puts my worries to rest. to avoid the past , i tell him in different ways that i donot approve of him playing games like this . i want to be safe as opposed to sorry . i am at a wits end though . this rubbish is now online and the boy spemds his time infront of two i-boxes -the tv and the mordern one the computetr . i have resorted to disconnecting usb cables as part of my bed time routine just to avoid this from rehappening .
 
 
 
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preah.7 years ago
great article
 
 
 
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i understand u concerns as a mum but is there really a need for your kid to lead an amish lifestyle ?
 
 
 
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Katherine.7 years ago
actually there is no scientific evidence to show that violent media will increase a child's tendancy to be violent.

the best thing for you to do is to play computer games with your child, or at least discuss with them while they are playing. of course limit time, like you would time in front of the tv or excessive time spent doing any one thing. all things in moderation.

many computer and video games are not only non-violent, but also educational, though they are not always labelled in this way. they can also be social, if you get your child into a game that can be played online with friends then it can be very good for them to learn how to interact with other people on the internet, and you will be able to play with your child as well! many online computer games are easy to learn, so don't be afraid.

if you have no idea how to judge whether a computer game is appropriate for your child's age group, there are many resources on the internet that you can ask for help, e.g. gamerdad.
 
 
 
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