Let me just start by saying I'm not against screen time. However, like all things in life, moderation is key. Why many kids today, including mine, want to spend every freakin' waking moment of the day playing video games, is not entirely a mystery, and I'll explain in a sec. However, this doesn't bother me anymore except when we need to transition from one activity to the next. The main question in my mind is, how can the real world compete on equal footing with the virtual world
So, what's so great about playing video games? Lots, actually. There are tons of strategy all the time, fantastic hand-eye coordination, (sometimes) socialization, goal setting, group effort, decision making, hyper focus, and problem solving. If you can read or listen to the book SuperBetter by game designer Jane McGonigal, she goes in depth about it. You can also check out her highly entertaining TedEX talks:
1) Here: www.ted.com/talks/jane_mcgonigal_gaming_can_make_a_better_world?language=en
2) And here: www.ted.com/talks/jane_mcgonigal_the_game_that_can_give_you_10_extra_years_of_life?language=en#t-33247
However, to a young and developing brain, the quick rewards to a new level, the constant need to upgrade to a novelty item, special perks that cost $20 here and there, all those things may have a negative impact. Not to mention being a mostly sedentary activity, emotional dysregulation, lack of proper nutrition, and so forth.
My plan for this year is to be more consistent with my boundaries and adding a couple more activities back in the weekend. I don't have a magic wand but I'm implementing the following strategies:
I should also mention that I've noticed a lot more emotional dysregulation in regards to transitioning away from gaming when my son was off meds for a month (that was an experiment we did last fall).
Like everything, finding the right balance and what works for each family is very unique and a moving target. These are just some things I'm trying this year but there will be new ideas to try later for sure!
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