2020 is turning into a transformative year for my family. COVID-19 has forced us to rethink almost every aspect of our daily life, including the amount of time spent playing video games. Now that kids' social activities are limited, they're spending even more time gaming now than they did before the coronavirus pandemic. But how much game time is too much? I've asked myself this question repeatedly as I continue to battle this issue in my own home. I'm deeply troubled by the reported effects of too much gaming, including addiction and aggression, and I know many of you worry about this too. So, let's talk about it.
My 8-year-old son loves video games, but I'm trying to make sure he doesn't spend his whole summer plugged in. I try to keep him busy with reading, music and chores to divert his attention from video games. And it works pretty well (most of the time). I'll admit I've made some mistakes when it comes to letting him play video games, but I'm trying to learn from them. The article below points out some common mistakes to avoid. I found it very helpful, and I hope you will too. Feel free to comment below with your thoughts as well as your own methods for limiting your kids' time playing video games.