The amount of time their kids spendplaying video games can be a source offrustration for many parents.
The warnings have been around foryears: too much gaming and screen timeis linked to childhood obesity, erosion ofsocial skills, poor performance at school,and depression.
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 WorldHealth Organization underscored theseriousness of the issue this year byincluding “Gaming Disorder” in itsInternational 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 HARRISILLUSTRATED BY MICHAEL BYERS