Video games and children

United States
December 28, 2006 10:52am CST
My children love video games. I try and limit the amount they play. I just read a study saying that video games aren't bad for children and that they learn from them. What happened to playing outside? Am I wrong for limiting there video game usage.
4 responses
@sunshinecup (7881)
28 Dec 06
I limit mine, there are allowed 2 hours a week, that it. I also think the types of video games are important as well. I think playing outside or withother is very important so they are given this option of doing so over playing those games. I think you have made a great choice and there is nothing wrong with setting limits.
• United States
28 Dec 06
Thank you. I am glad that I am not the only mean mom out there as my kids say. lol. I want them to have fun but also want them to know there is more to life than video games
@kellahinx (372)
• United States
28 Dec 06
there is definately something to be said for playing outside and developing imagination and all that good stuff. however, video games that are text based (e.g. you have to read things) have been shown to improve reading skills. but it is unhealthy to be inside all the time. why not get them a portable gameboy of something and then shove them out the door. that way they can do both if the want to .
• United States
28 Dec 06
I have gotten them a gameboy this christmas hopefully that will help. I also moved to the country hoping that they would go out and play. The have friends but they seem to be all playing on computers and video games all the time. That is there source of communication. I like to play with them outside. I want them to be healthy and well rounded.
@srhelmer (6930)
• Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
28 Dec 06
You're not wrong doing that. I think part of the reason our children are getting overweight is they would rather play video games than get outside and do something that requires exercise. That's why I like the concept the Nintendo Wii is offering. Many of the games for that require kids to get off the couch to play.
• United States
28 Dec 06
I believe that also and it is why I want them running around. I loved being outside when I was a kid and playing sports. I guess it's just a different generation. I will look into the nintendo right now they have x box.
• Italy
28 Dec 06
All children love videogames. And when we are youngest love it too. The play is changing? Of course! Let my soon and have a nice day. Ettore p.s. Welcom on mylot community.