If you let your kids play online video games, then they will almost certainly encounter some content that you would not approve of. On the other hand, if you don’t let your kids play games online, then you run the risk of ostracizing them from friends that regularly meet online to spend time together. What is a parent to do?
Get Active in Your Child’s Interests
You don’t have to become one of those parents that tries to be hip and cool around your kids, but you can get involved in the online video games that interest your child. That way, you can make educated choices about the entertainment your child enjoys. Your kids will also know that you have the ability to eavesdrop on them if you want. The mere threat often does the work for you.
Restrict Games to Specific Times and Places
Only allow your children to play online games in a public room of the house. This will allow you and other family members to keep an eye on the game’s content. Also, set aside certain times of the day for online games. This will help your child keep a balance in his or her life instead of becoming obsessed with a game.
Find Alternative Forms of Entertainment
If you are wary of online video games, then show your children that the real world offers more excitement than the virtual one. Take them to ball games, go exploring in the woods, and take weekend trips.
What strategies have you used to limit the negative effects of video games in your child’s life?