Almost all children play video games today. Most of the general polls show figures from 90% or higher. This applies to games for computers, consoles, mobile devices and various pocket video set top boxes. And the question is relevant not only for boys, but equally for girls.
Most parents maybe will prefer the situation when kids spend time behind the computers only just for studying. But this is impossible, and children spend a lot of time behind aimless entertainment. Ones this hobby does not interfere. Others at some point begin to harm health and learning by excessive presence in online games.
What can the parent do to help the child cope with the dependence on computer games (if this phenomenon became clearly expressed)?
Protect your child from online games
- Set the home rule that a child can entertain himself only after the rest of the affairs of study and home are solved. And not just completed, but completed with zeal and positive result.
- Limit the playing time to a couple of hours a day, or at least teach the child to take breaks during his gaming process. It is important not to force the child, but intelligibly to explain future problems
- Children can regularly play computer games, and this helps parents to free up some time for them. But it is also important to make sure that online games are not the main vital interest of the child. Try to interest him in additional activities or often spend time in joint games and walks
- Access to games is an earned blessing, and not an automatic option in the child’s living space. Give them this clearly
- Only parents can definitively resolve or ban this or that game. This applies even when a child buys it for earned money. (Correctly to encourage him in the home.) Here only children can inadvertently (or directionally) choose games with strict age restrictions, which contain a lot of violence. Or they can face insults in online games. Be interested in what your children are playing (and not just the time they spend at the computer or console).
- If the age rating of the game is not enough for you, you can find on the Internet special parent game reviews with recommendations for buying.
- If there is such a possibility, divide the devices in the house: one computer for study, the second for games (or, for example, the console). On the training computer there should not be anything that distracts the child from classes: games and clients of online games, access to social networks and other time-consuming sites. Only when the child is released and got his right, he can go to the “game” place. You can set restrictive passwords.
- Game computer or console should not be located in the children’s room, otherwise it creates an additional temptation and automatic relaxation of the child’s discipline. It is better if all this is located in the living room or hall, and parents can follow the child’s actions directly all the time. As for mobile devices, it is important not to rush to buy their child, and after purchase you can install special programs to limit access to certain functions at the time of day.
- “Parental Control” supports all popular consoles. Also, special programs can be installed on the child’s computer. The idea is to set a password for certain functional elements of the system and control access to it independently.
- Pay special attention to online games. They cause greater dependence beyond the issue of the age rating. Practice shows that the dependence on online games, which require regular long-term presence of the player. Seriously hurts the psyche and the socialization of the growing personality.