- September 20, 2017
- Posted by: Dr. Elise Cohen Ho
- Category: Parenting & Family
Gaming For Kids Under 15: Five Guidelines You Should Follow as presented by Mehdiraza Vakil, Owner/Author at All Gaming Everything.
Gone are the days when a parent could relax as their child participates in innocent gaming on the TV or on their computer.
In modern times, with the rise of gaming PCs and game titles that have futuristic graphics and online access, you see a multitude of kids hooked on these games. It is rather overwhelming to control this as a parent.
With these 5 guidelines, it might make the job a tad easier!
1. Limited Gaming Time.
While kids over 15 can be given some flexibility on when and for how long to play games, it goes without saying that kids under 15 are still too young to make a decision by themselves. It is best to set a specific time period for the kids to play games. This idea also applies to vacation time. There are too many kids hooked on their games instead of spending time with family and getting some much-needed exercise.
Click HERE for 5 Actionable Tips for Parents to Prevent Childhood Obesity
2. Game Monitoring.
Despite the rating system being an efficient way to find out the basic acceptability of a game. It is better rated if you test them yourself. So, why not check out that new game that your kids want and release some stress yourself? You’ll get a good idea of how the game works and if it’s suitable for your kid. You may just find out that it’s a purchase best left for when your child grows older.
3. Online Access.
Do not f give permission for online gaming unless you’re creating a private server for the little one to play with other kids that they know in real life. Even games that are supposedly populated with 10-15-year-olds have people in there that say some of the most obscure and offensive words. Don’t even get me started if there’s voice chat enabled. The amount of obscenity I hear from 13-year-olds when I play certain games can be quite irritating. It certainly is not something that another kid below 15 years of age should hear.
Probably the most difficult challenge when it comes to children and video games is that the games can make them forget about most, if not all, stuff. There are some kids that actually hold their nature’s call when playing a game. Trust me, no matter how funny it sounds, it’s dangerous in the long run. For this exact reason, I suggest getting into an agreement with your kids. This agreement should include things like completing their chores and homework before turning the computer on. Deborah Godfrey, Positive Parenting Coach, suggests having a written agreement with your child. You can read more on that idea HERE.
5. Family Time.
Probably the worst aspect of technology is that it brought the people who live continents apart closer than ever but also made the ones close to us feel separated from each other. It doesn’t have to be this way. Buying offline multiplayer games or family specific games can help the kids have a nice time and allow you to be much closer to one another!
Now it is your turn: