Questions regarding a child's use of video games may cover determining suitability, setting and enforcing limits, or other questions relating to what role video games play in a child's life.

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Should I allow my 19 year old son to sleep during the day?

My son is 19 years old, he is a computer science student and has just finished college and is awaiting his grades. In September he will be going to University if he gets the needed grades which he is ...
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What to do with disinterested young boy of 12

My young grandson does not have any interests other than video games. He can be a good student, but he does not turn in work and always complains about not having friends and nobody liking him. He ...
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At what age are children able play computer games? [duplicate]

And do people have suggestions for a first computer game, which the child and parent can enjoy together?
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How do I solve my brother's fear of a creepy video game character?

I was playing a creepy little indie video game the other day (Undertale) and my brother (who is 9 years old) happened to watch me play for a while, despite my warnings that it might be scary or ...
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At what age child can get a game console?

I'm thinking about to buy xbox for my daughter 7-year birthday. But I'm worry a little bit that it can be too early for this age and maybe it's better to wait? I think playing is good for brain ...
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How can we make parents more attractive than TV, video games, etc.?

Maybe I'm too early to ask about this, since my status changed to be a father since 25 September ago.. But I'm very curious about this. I learned from my surroundings (my friends family, my ...
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My brothers wont listen to me [closed]

I'm 25, and I have two younger brothers. One brother is 22 and my youngest brother is 13. The middle brother (22) spends most of his time playing games like angry birds and then looking at deviantart-...
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What can I do to encourage my 12 year old son to enjoy productive activities?

I have a 12 year old son who if completely left up to his own devices, will spend almost all of his free time doing one of two things, playing casual computer games, and watching TV. I would like to ...
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are there any peer reviewed studies showing the benefits of video games for kids (especially girls)?

I've been fairly against video games for my daughters (10,11,11) but I'm starting to rethink that. Currently their total "Screen Time" is limited. I might let (or even facilitate/encourage) them to ...
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How to end 9-yr-old's video game time with less stress?

My 9-yr-old has been off of all technology for many months, and finally earned it back. He gets to play a 1/2 hour a day on my old iPod Touch. Ending this time has always been stressful, and ...
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How to reduce Online Game Addiction?

What are some methods to help a teen who openly admits that they may be addicted to online gaming and wants help?
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Is a (classic) GameBoy appropriate for my 1 year old son?

My son is very excited in using technical devices like our printer, our tablet or our wireless phone. I'm thinking of buying him a classic, black an white GameBoy (the grey one with big nobs), so that ...
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How much time is too much time playing educational computer games?

I recently bought an iPad primarily for my 3-year-old daughter. I put nothing on it but educational apps and children's books. No YouTube, no Internet, no (non-educational) games. I've decided to let ...
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Teen secretly playing video games when should be doing homework [closed]

If a son of about 14 years old, using his laptop to do schoolwork, secretly plays video games instead, should it be the parent's responsibility to find this out and stop him? If the son finds it hard ...
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Video game addiction

I am a mother of a brilliant 18.5 year old young man who is obsessed with video gaming. This is a habit that has existed since he was 13 years old and was exacerbated when his severe chronic cystic ...
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Strategies to reduce computer game interest

We have a moderately strict rule about electronics time at the house -- as long as their homework, chores, or other responsibilities are finished, each kid gets to play a computer or video game for an ...
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Enocurage or discourage playing video games to 4+ year old son

What precautions should I take to make it so my son does not become a games addict as he grows. I know what I have lost playing games for so many years when I was young. My 4+ year old son (will be ...
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Gaming for Kids [duplicate]

My daughter is getting excited to be playing games with my wife and I. My issue lies in the fact that growing up (some time ago) I wasn't allowed to play games very often. Things change and I get that,...
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How should I teach my son to play video games?

My son will be 4 soon, and he already enjoys playing a few educational games on my tablet or his mother's phone (he plays maybe as much as an hour a week). I'm a gamer, and we've tried playing a few "...
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Do all video games really have to be moderated?

I notice a lot of 'money for good behaviour'-type development question for kids here, and the main argument is some permutation of 'giving money for good behaviour does not help develop intrinsic ...
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Parental Control for Internet? [duplicate]

For a parent, how do we best control the content of the ENTIRE household's Internet in a centralized manner? This settings of parent controls for individual network-based devices is maddening and ...
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What studies exist regarding computer usage and computer game playing that support limiting access?

There is no shortage of questions here that relate to stopping or limiting computer time and game playing. What studies are motivating these concerns? I ask this as someone biased because I spent a ...
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How to handle different rules about video games at friend's house?

My 8-year old son, like many boys his age, is obsessed with video games. We try to have a rule at our house where he's allowed to play certain games that are appropriate to his age, for only a ...
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How do I reduce the time my child spends playing computer games?

I want to do a lot of activities with my son but he seems to prefer to play computer games for most of the time. How can I prevent him from spending too much time on this activity, without making him ...
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How do you introduce video games without pushing other activities into the background?

I am a gamer. I enjoy playing video games, and they've been a part of my life since I was a kid. I believe there are a lot of potential benefits from playing video games, and I want to be able to ...
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How can a Single Father prevent his child from becoming addicted to video games?

Scenario: My neighbor faces the tough situation that his 7 year old boy has started to play video games and he wonders how to stop him from getting addicted to them. Sadly, his wife is no more.. he's ...
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What factors encourage collaborative play in Nintendo DS games?

I'm trying to find some Nintendo DS games to encourage two primary-school brothers to get along a bit better. I thought some collaborative games would be good in order to encourage them to work with ...
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Good video games for an Autistic 5th grader to encourage social skills [closed]

Disclaimer: I realize that a lot of folks (including many professionals) think having autistic kids play games is moving them in the wrong direction (away from social interaction). The friend below,...
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What are some good multi-player collaborative games for a 9-12 year old girl? [closed]

I'm considering letting my girls play video games a bit more than they do now. I'm looking for some good game suggestions for them. Some skills they would benefit practicing are: Perseverance ...
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Is it reasonable to put limits on a pre-teen playing video games?

Posted on behalf of a friend of mine: What are appropriate rules for how much time kids actually get to play video games (such as x-box 360, PlayStation 3, or on the PC)? Apparently we are the ONLY ...
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How do I get my daughter to spend less time at the computer?

Possible Duplicate: What can I do to encourage my 12 year old son to do more productive things? My daughter, age 13, dominated the "public children laptop" which was meant to be shared with ...
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Should I let my 3 year old play educational games on my iPhone?

There are some great educational-type games for smart phones. Our daughter was able to navigate my iPhone pretty early on. She seems to learn a lot from the games she is playing - letter sounds, ...