Safeguards for Video Gameplay

In order to diminish the adverse effects that video games may have on your child, consider the following safeguards:

  • Set time limits.
  • Make sure your child completes his chores and homework before play.
  • Be intimately involved in choosing the games your child plays.
  • Remember: you are the grown-up! Model good viewing and gaming habits yourself.
  • Suspend play if your child is having difficulty with self-control.
  • Monitor attitudes and behaviors with your child when he plays with friends or siblings.
  • Encourage your child's friends to play at your house.
  • Watch for signs of addiction to video game play, particularly with boys.