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First, let's talk about addiction. You say that you feel he is addicted, largely because he plays 25 hours a week, you "know that this type of video gaming is not healthy", and because it has adversely affected your relationship with him. Addiction, specifically in this case a behavioral addiction, is the continued repetition of a behavior despite adverse ...


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As an avid gamer and software developer, I have never heard of a game called "Sauerbraten." I looked it up and apparently it is a first person shooter named after a German pot roast. It isn't a widely popular game created by a major video game company. It is an open-source community-made game. It also doesn't appear to be a very "good" game. Something else ...


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I am a game developer, and probably guilty of over-exposing my two daughters to video games. I make an attempt to limit the amount of time they get with digital devices, but introduced them both to touch devices at a young age. (At least we don't have a TV in the house! I'm more against exposure to mass media advertising than screens per-se.) My older ...


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Could you get something touchscreen for him? Our daughter loves playing video games on our phones and get Surface - she's a pro at Fruit Ninja and Angry Birds. She seems interested in playing games on our XBox One, but doesn't quite have the control figured out. Starting on the touchscreen might help him get the mechanics of playing games until the manual ...


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The Mayo Clinic says too much screen time is too much screen time, regardless of the device, the content, or the level of interaction. Our household has a "scale" of electronics time, depending on age. As the kid gets older, their time limits are tied somewhat to responsibilities -- they do their chores to earn additional time (privilege). There is also ...


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The first thing is to find out why the child plays. As a pretty heavy gamer myself who has gone through a number of phases and reasons for getting lost in games, I know there can be many reasons why you get lost in a world of games. Once you know, here's some advice for three different kinds of players that I've been in the past: For the challenge When in ...


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There is research on the benefits of gaming, and the parents should read it. If the child doesn't know about it, he can do some research and supply it to the parents. If the son can calmly and politely explain his reasoning for wanting to play games, and demonstrate that he's done the research into why gaming can be good, then he may change his parents' ...


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When it comes to video games, the main point to keep in mind is that they are not a baby sitter. Just like with artistic expression or physical sports, the important thing is keep engaged with them. If you don't enjoy the games themselves, just listen to the child. If they are having a hard time with a particular spot, just be there for moral support. All a ...


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Appropriate? I'd say it's safe, has no small elements, isn't a choking hazard, is made of plastic and powered by low-voltage batteries, so even tasting it won't hurt. But should you buy one for your toddler? I'd say no. Consult these two articles from babycenter: tv watching guidlines for toddlers video games and toddlers While I understand what you ...


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As a 23 year old son, that also play 25h/week, i must ask you: have you tried to invite him to do something together? like bowling, or anything that he likes? I ask you this, because i usually play games if im bored (understand that there are only few things that i really think that is interesting..), so, whenever my mom/dad ask me to go to a place that i ...


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Answer A Game Boy or similar is likely too much for a child of that age to handle on its own and therefore not an appriate toy for a toddler. Reasoning Consider firing up a game of Tetris: (If I recall correctly) You have to wait for the Nintendo Logo to move across the screen press any key select 1/2 players select mode a/b select a level All ...


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Screen time is something that should be limited for all children; at 0-2, it should be minimal or zero, as it does not support brain development in the same way that other kinds of (active) play do. It's similar to how you might learn a school subject. Method 1: Listen to a lecture, with an overhead/projector showing some slides. Method 2: Listen ...


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Am I right to be concerned? I would say yes, most definitely. Kids can easily become lost in games for hours on end (I should know, I was one of them). I think my parents were thankful they had something to keep me occupied while they did.. whatever it was that they did while I was in my room. It was also something they could take away from me when I ...


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Your questions are very interesting ones indeed. And I admire your effort to share one of your passions with your child so early. I am a gamer myself and I'm planning how I'm going to approach my kids so as to not force my passion upon them (I'm the kind of person that can and will play almost anything, be it electronic or not). My advice has this main core ...


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As a parent, you should pay attention to the ratings given to each game. The ESRB and PEGI are probably the best known. I do not know PEGI well, but I know the ESRB allows you to search by game name and you can see detailed descriptions explaining why that games has that rating.


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As someone who once played video games a lot, I wish I hadn't played them quite as much. It's not the time spent playing games that I remember or have fond memories of (despite to this day having a strong nostalgia for some of the storylines etc. just as with a good film or book - but not the playing per se) Therefore now feeling like I don't have as many ...


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I'm gonna tell you about my experience, not as a parent but as a teenager who spent a lot of time playing video games. Hope you'll find it helpful. During high school I spent most of my free time playing video games. And that was way more than 25h a week. Actually I could play more than that in a week-end. I don't think I was addicted, since when I had ...


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I'd say it depends on many things. It is definitely a good rule to make your kids finish homework before they play on their iPad, or play with their friends, or do really anything else. But I would say that you're looking at everything totally wrong if you say that these devices are just a waste of time for your kids, then go out and set ridiculous ...


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Back in my times I was out 24/7 and when I got back home I was too tired and went to bed... I don't even remember eating food, hell all I remember is hide and seek, tag and all other fun stuff we did back in my time! Ipad? Kids? That is a bad combination, have them go out more often. It's more healthy for them to be fighting each other than to play on their ...


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We've found that giving the kids a 5 and 2 minute warning whenever the activity is changing helps make the transition much smoother. Doesn't matter if we are talking about swimming, playing outside, games or any number of other activities they just seem to be able to let go much easier when they know the change is imminent. For TV, we either allow them to ...


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My experience with my son is that he built up to complex commands, mostly on his own. We started with a game like Lego Star Wars (which is great because of the co-op and drop-in/out features). Initially he could figure out running around and blasting things (two hands, one button), but had trouble with things like "using the force" which required using a ...


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My eleven year old was getting to the point that I would consider him addicted. He was either on the computer playing an online game or he was watching TV, which I considered even worse. At least there's some brain activity required for online gaming. If we asked him to do things (get ready for bed, bring your clothes down to be washed, come down to eat ...


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The first step of getting out of any addiction is accepting the fact of being addicted. That's the hardest part. And it's behind him, apparently. Second step: get clean. In this case - make him not play at all. For, say, a week. How to help to complete this phase? provide alternative occupation - painting the fence, going to the movies, a family board ...


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My children don't have touchscreen and enjoy video games, but we don't allow them very often (maybe once a week). I think we have started about one or two years ago, they would have been around 4 year old at that time. We have a Wii. We let them play with Animal crossing, where there is limited need for complicate controls (you can do many things, but you ...



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