Protect Your Child From Video Games During These COVID Situation

edited July 2020 in Parenting

During these difficult situations students are taking online classes ,it is highly predictable that the children get easily distracted due to video games as they spend more time on the internet.The World Health Organization declared that continuously playing video games is a mental health condition. Calling this “gaming disorder”, which defines who play excessively more than limit  and of “sufficient severity to impact and results in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of capability and would normally have been evident for some time .

To start, parents should educate their children on the research regarding video-game addiction. Then work to avoid these common mistakes:

  1. Introducing video games at a very young age:The earlier a child begins playing digital games, the sooner he/she is exposed to the factors that lead to addiction.It is similar to how children get attached to eating candy and chocolates.Those who develop habits of playing outside rather than virtual play are more likely to become happy and cheerful adolescents.

  1. Giving them easy access to play: The risk of video-game addiction increases dramatically when your child has a system at very easy reach because then it is much harder to control the amount of time spent playing.Try to keep the video games under your control where the child doesn't have direct access.

  1. Showing video games as a part of  reward: While the benefit of motivating kids to complete school assignments and other tasks may seem like a positive aspect to video-game obsession, the long-term consequences far outweigh any short-term gain. Using video games to motivate kids reinforces the notion that working, reading and learning are necessary evils rather than rewards in themselves. Parents should show their rewards in other ways such as taking them to  a park, an ice cream treat.

  1. That “ Five Minutes More “: We heard all the dialogues where it's never five minutes, its just an excuse that children use to play for more than the intended time. As one recovering video-game addict said, “If you say you intend to restrict the amount of time a child spends, you better ask yourself whether you can really do it. Kids are very good at pushing for more time.”

  1. Lack of interest in studies esp. Reading and other activities that have educational benefit – When a child plays excessively, he is less interested in other things that make him develop intellectually such as reading a variety of books and engaging in creative activities or other skills he would need in the future.

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