The Impact Video Games Have on Our ChildrenVideo games progress at a fast pace with movement coming from all directions. Players are drawn into the game during quick action sequences, which also makes it difficult for a child to pay attention without feeling overwhelmed. That fast-paced action triggers feelings of anxiety as a child panics to keep up with other players and advance in the game at the same time. My daughter didn’t know when to walk away and would become anxious when the time came to shut down the game for the day. At that moment, I made the decision to step in before things intensified.
How to Tell Your Child Needs a Game InterventionStart by taking note of how long she spends with her nose buried in an electronic device. My daughter would appear from her room with her phone in hand as she made her way to the kitchen for a snack, in the car for a trip to the store or to join us for “family time” in the living room. I started to notice that the game on her phone screen was taking the place of other forms of entertainment that she used to enjoy, such as drawing. This quickly became a cause for concern. The problem slowly progressed from there, and I began to wonder how long should a child play video games a day. The time my daughter spent on the game seemed to be impacting her overall behavior. She became defensive when asked to put the phone down in favor of face-to-face time with her family. She slacked on her responsibilities around the house, such as caring for her birds and emptying the dishwasher. Then her sleeping pattern became disrupted, which opened a new set of problems in our home. As our children grow, sleep becomes one of the most essential ingredients in their health and wellbeing. Failure to get adequate sleep leads to problems with attention, behavior and physical health. Where I slow down when I am tired, my daughter was speeding up as if in fast-forward motion. Attempts to guide her through a new bedtime routine that didn’t include playing video games failed miserably. By trying to help her unwind at night without that game, I was causing a disruption to her routine. That change in routine along with her inability to let go of the fast-paced action of the game, even when she was not playing it, made her anxiety issues worse. I knew it was time to start implementing screen management time during the day.
How to Manage Screen Time
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