Many families nowadays have video games consoles that their children are allowed to play games on. Video games are known for helping children learn hand-eye coordination and dexterity. But studies also show that too much game time can impact a child’s behavior in a negative way. This week we are going to focus on how much time our children are playing video games and what kind of games they are playing.
To start, we’re going to set time restrictions for each of our children. Make a list of how much time each day you are willing to allow your kids to play video games. Completing this task will earn you 100 pts.
Next, go through the games your children play and find the ratings listed on the packaging. Here are the possible ratings and what they mean:
- Early Childhood (EC): content should be suitable for children 3 yrs and older and contain no objectionable material
- Everyone (E): content suitable for persons ages 6 and older. The game may contain minimal violence and some “comic mischief”.
- Teen (T): content suitable for persons ages 13 and older. Content is more violent than (E) rating and contains mild or strong language, and/or suggestive themes.
- Mature (M): content suitable for persons ages 17 and older. Content definitely has more sexual themes, intense violence, and stronger language.
- Adults Only (AO): content suitable only for adults and may contain graphic sex and/or violence. Adult Only products are not intended for persons under the age of 18.
- Rating Pending (RP): game has been submitted to the ESRB and is awaiting a final rating.
Pull out the games each of your children play. For each age-inappropriate games your kids play, deduct 10 pts.
Now it’s about following through. For each day your kids stick to the maximum amount of time set for video games, you will earn 200 pts.
Deductions for age-inappropriate:
Follow through with the time limits –
"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time" ~
Thomas A. Edison
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