Are All Video Games Bad?
Video games have become the thing our kids rely on to pass idle time and to be entertained. But is it all fun and games? Recently serious questions have been asked about just how healthy or unhealthy some of these games are. The World Health Organization has even suggested video games cause mental health issues in a recent article published in Newsweek. These questions can help you begin a conversation with your kids about an important subject to make sure they keep the right balance in playing games.
What video game is your favorite?
Listen to the answer and ask them to tell you the games objective. Intentionally pay attention for any harmful game themes such as too much sex or violence. If your still not sure what the game is all about you may want to search it later so you know for sure.
Which video games would your consider bad or not worth playing?
Hopefully, they will have a list of the ones that they believe are bad. Ask them to tell you why and agree with them about their convictions. Listening to the themes they consider to be bad and encourage them to continue making good choices.
When can playing video games become a problem?
They may need you guidance on this one. Tell them your concerns and help them set some healthy boundaries. It is understandable to need to for “down time” in this fast past world. Let your children know you are not out to eliminate video games from your home but that you just want an honest conversation about the amount of time that is healthy for them to spend on them.
Being a parent is sometimes hard, especially when having hard conversations such as this topic. It’s important to keep firm on your convictions and set healthy boundaries for your children. They may not like it right away, but in the long run your relationship will be stronger and they will see your genuine concern as a loving gesture.