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Can Playing Video Games Be Good for Kids?
All rights reserved. One of the most common complaints of parents of teenage boys is that they are addicted to gaming. While gaming is clearly less harmful than risk-taking behaviour like using alcohol, illegal or legal drugs, driving like hoons, porn-driven sexual behaviour, delinquency or smoking -- there are serious repercussions to a gaming addiction. The sensitive window of brain changes in early to mid-adolescence up to 17 years of age means that teens are particularly susceptible to becoming addicted to anything in which they invest a lot of time and energy. Parenting expert and author Maggie Dent claims an over-use of technology can have serious impacts on the developing brain.
Gaming that is safe for all
From the time computer games made their way into family homes, parents have wondered if violent video games may negatively affect children and teenagers. Today, parents still worry about the effects of violent computer games and of course it also remains a popular topic for the media. However, with a growing number of children and teens spending excessive time playing computer games , perhaps parents should be more worried about teenagers addicted to computer games than the effects of violent video games. An examination of the literature reveals that those who study video game addiction sometimes disagree on the proportion of children and teenagers addicted to computer games.
Gaming is a fun part of a balanced life. Xbox strives to create a place where everyone can play responsibly, within the boundaries they set, free from fear and intimidation. Your Xbox and Windows devices come with unique family settings built-in and created to help manage screen time, social interactions, online spending and access to mature content. Create a family group to access family features and settings.