Make sure to create rules when your child plays games

2019.04.26

Nowadays, everyone is playing tv games and games on their smartphones.
Some parents complain that their child is always playing games when they have a little of free time.
It is important that parents create house rules regarding game use.

Make sure to create rules when your child plays games
Points to consider when creating rules regarding game use

Should parents limit game time?
Children who love games often spend all their time playing games and avoid doing other things. While playing games, they often forget what they promised and tune out the sounds around them.
Although games have some benefits, they also have many demerits so it is a good idea for parents to think about managing their child’s game use.

Totally cutting out game use is NG
It is difficult to totally keep your child away from a game that he/she likes. There are discussions both for and against cutting out game use.
It has been proven that games help develop communication skills and autonomy and have other benefits as well.
If parents create rules and encourage their children to use games correctly, there is no need to totally cut off game use.

Some sample house rules regarding game use

1 hour of games a day
Playing games 1 hour a day is said to have little affect on your child’s development.
However, if your child plays games more than 2 hours a day the negative effects are said to overpower the positive effects.
Limiting game use to 1 hour a day will prevent your child from using games to avoid doing homework or becoming addicted to games and also give him/her enough time to relieve stress and take a break from studying.

Teach your child the priority of game use
Children often choose to do activities that they like. Many parents are worried when their child is playing games all the time and unable to do other tasks and activities.
It is important that parents and adults teach children that we all have tasks that we have to do and that playing games is something that should be done as a break after these tasks are done.
This will help your child learn about responsibilities and social rules.

Create No Game Days
If children are too focused on games, they will be able to accomplish other tasks.
It is important for children who are still developing to have a variety of play experiences.
So, parents should choose one day per week where children are not allowed to play tv or smartphone games but instead focus on outdoor and/or indoor play activities. This will help their brain and body develop.

Enjoy playing games as a family
Children enjoy playing games. When parents play games with their children, it is easier for them to communicate with and understand each other.
Also, if parents are involved in the choice of game, they can choose games that will encourage the development of their child’s imagination and cognitive skills.
There are many games that encourage learning and cover current topics. Let’s try to recommend these kinds of games to our children.

Have a family discussion to decide on the rules
It is NG for parents to decide on the rules on their own. If you decide on the rules without your child’s understanding they will not feel motivated to follow them.

Playing games is not a bad thing but if your child spends too much time playing games, he/she will be unable to do other activities that encourage curiosity and a sense of independence.
Attending classes will allow your child to try a variety of activities so it is a good idea to sign your child up for classes along with following your house rules regarding game use.

Some sample house rules regarding game use
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