In the last decade, video games have become the dominant form of entertainment not only for kids but for adults also. It is great medium to pass your free time. Now, TV showing habits in kids is also decreased. After increased use of computers, laptops, smart phones, and tablets make gaming habit more common. According to psychological counselor in Bhopal, Dr. Satyakant Trivedi, the gaming habit in kids is very dangerous and it should be controlled by their parents.
What percentage of teens and kids are addicted to video games?
According to Dr. Satyakant Trivedi, there is no statistics by the government is provided for video game addiction. Game addiction is not officially classified as a mental health condition by the governments. Also video game addiction has not been recognized as a “true” psychological disorder. But, as a parent or a guardian, you must understand the harmful effects of video game addiction.
How many hours per day should parents allow children to play computer games?
First, it is recommended by the psychologists that any screen such as television, computer, laptop, an iPad, etc. should allowed only if your kid is completing his/her homework, and or household chores on time on regular basis. According to a report, daily 2-3 hours video game habit is good. Means if your child is playing video games 2-3 hours in a day, it is normal and there is no side effects of it on his/her studies and mental health.
Psychological and social problems associated with kids video game addiction
There is growing evidence that kids who are addicted to computer games can experience a host of social, emotional, and behavioral problems. It becomes very crucial for parents to handle their kids, as their kids spare most of the times on video games. Many kids spare around 8-10 hours on video games in 24 hours. Video games addiction may also arise the problem of sleep disorder in kids.
The Guide for Parents to Cope up with Kids Video Game addiction
It is suggested for parent s to read some books on how they can control the situation. In the market, there are many books on kids, so read those and act wisely. Kids are very sensitive and they should teach any lesson wisely. Comprehensive and up to date knowledge will help parents to cope up with kids video game addiction. If you find it to cope up, you can visit a psychiatrist in your city. Parent should engage their kids in outdoor games such as football, cricket, basketball etc. In this way, he/she will show interest in outdoor games and playing video games habit will be resolved.
I hope you found this article useful and informative. If you have any questions regarding video game addiction or on any other topic you can ask Dr. Satyakant Trivedi.