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With the uprising of video gaming, many children can easily have access to video games through portable device, computer and video-game station. Many specialists have recommended parents to prevent their children from excessive time spent on video games, and there is a reason for that. This post is to inform all the positive and negative effects of playing video games, and ways to monitor the content children are exposed to. 

POSITIVE EFFECT:

  1. Problem solving and logic
  2. Hand-eye coordination, fine motor and spatial skills
  3. Planning, resource management
  4. Quick thinking, making fast analysis and decisions
  5. Situational awareness

NEGATIVE EFFECT:

  1. Increases aggressive behavior
  2. Social isolation
  3. Teaches wrong values
  4. Developing into addiction 

As guardians we have the responsibility to maintain an appropriate video game experience for our children. Aside from controlling the time children spend on video games, there are things we can do to help better the experience. The most obvious action is to read the cover of every video game, reading the label and its in game image can give an idea if it is appropriate for your child. To take a further step, spend time researching or watch a video of the game play filtering out the content that may be inappropriate for your child. Most importantly, guide and communicate with your children to reinforce appropriate mindset while they play along.   

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