This Pediatrics study pointed out what many parents of kids and teens already know -- that too much time spent playing video games is unhealthy. In fact, pathological gamers are likely to have depression, anxiety and lower grades in school.
How much game play equals pathological or obsessive? Kids who averaged 31 or more hours of video game play a week were given this classification of "obsessive" and were more likely to have mental health issues and poor school performance.
Suzanne Roberts of Westside Counseling Services shared with TodayMoms the top four red flags that your child is at risk for being a pathological gamer:
Another study showed that 9 to 12 percent of boys were labeled obsessive gamers, compared to just 3-5 percent of girls.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends limiting computer time and video game time to 2 hours per day. Roberts recommends that you give your child a structured time they can play and keep the video games in the family room or another community room so they can't isolate themselves.
Provide your child with educational games over the violent video games and encourage them to play group video games so they will get some social interaction.
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