Healthy Gaming Guide for Children That All Parents Should Know (part 2)

1. Develop healthy gaming habits

You should give them a timetable of when and how long they can play online games, and if you have time, you should sit with them and watch them play. Moreover, you should agree with some rules with them. These rules might include:

• Only play games with G or PG rating

• Only play under the supervision of other adults so that they can ask for help anytime.

• Only play at a specific time, such as after school, before dinner, etc.

• Only play certain hours — no bargaining.

Besides helping to keep your kids safe, this habit also nurtures a sense of discipline for your kids. Don’t forget to give them surprising presents if they follow all the rules.

With older children, you can give them more choices and require more responsibilities from them. At this stage, you should have some discussions about playing games rather than giving them rules and forcing them to obey:

The best time to play games: they shouldn’t play games before bedtime because it can cause sleeping disorders. Try to enjoy games at the weekend.

Break time: they should take a break after every 30 minutes of gaming. Sitting too long can cause some health problems and lead to a fat belly, so try to stand up, walk around, or do some stretching.

The notifications: kids should turn off the notifications so that they don’t feel pressured to come back to the games.

The age: before playing any games, they should check the age rating. Some games have inappropriate content, and they shouldn’t play them.

However, teenagers are a real problem for parents. Your teenagers are at the age of rebellion, and they want to express themselves instead of following your rules. They tend to be interested in games which are classified for older teenagers or adults. However, if you want the best for your kids, you should follow classification recommendations that help your kids play suitable games.