The amount of time their kids spend
playing video games can be a source of
frustration for many parents.
The warnings have been around for
years: too much gaming and screen time
is linked to childhood obesity, erosion of
social skills, poor performance at school,
Playing video games can even lead
KEEP IN MIND
When used in moderation, video games can foster collaboration and team play and lead to positive online friendships.
to a full-blown addiction. The World
Health Organization underscored the
seriousness of the issue this year by
including “Gaming Disorder” in its
International Classification of Diseases.
“For some kids, there can definitely
be risks in becoming overly preoccupied
with video games, but the fact is that
video games aren’t all bad,” says Cheryl
Houtekamer, an Alberta Health Services
supervisor with Youth Addiction
Services in Calgary, who frequently gives
talks on the issue. “Prolonged exposure
is not inevitably harmful.”
Video games can foster collaboration
and team play and lead to positive online
friendships. Gamers learn how to be
persistent, develop fine motor skills,
Too much time online?
When it comes to video games, balance is key
WRITTEN BY GREG HARRIS
ILLUSTRATED BY MICHAEL BYERS