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A Parent's Role In Video Gameplay

What is a Parent’s Role in the World of Video Games? 

As a parent, you should be familiar with what games your kids are playing. 

As you know, all games are not made to be played by children. You should know what games you kid likes and who they are playing with if the game is an online multiplayer game. You should know about the Entertainment Software Rating Board or the ESRB. Learn more here
 Understanding the ESRB allows you to control what your kids are playing. Head over to to have an even better understanding of different types of games your kids may play. 

What do parents do while their kids are playing games? 

We live hectic lives, and at times, gaming can be a substitute sitter for kids while making meals or chatting with friends. But, it would be beneficial to both you and your kids if you took the time to play games with your kids. You can connect with your kids on a level they are comfortable with, but it also allows you to learn about the game. If your gaming console or computer is in a family area, then it should be simple to sit down and observe and even take part in their game.  Most games offer a two-player mode. Give it a try you may enjoy it. 

What can parents do to monitor gaming? 

If your gaming console or computer is not in a family area, I suggest you move it to a more family-friendly location in your home. Living room or den usually works well. Now, everyone to partake in gaming. While the computer is in a public or family location, you and other family members can observe the game and listen in on gaming conversation if your kids are into multiplayer games. Take time to learn who your kids are playing online; this is vital. Yes, they may just be playing with kids from school but is anyone else playing online with them? 

How can parents change their kid's gaming habits? 

Gaming and screen time should be limited. Question: How do your eyes feel after hours of looking at a screen at work? How do you feel after sitting at a desk during work? The best practice is to get up at least every two hours and stretch. Same goes for your children. Have your kids take a break every hour. Maybe take a walk, have a drink, or do another activity for thirty minutes or longer before returning to the game. Although gaming is fun and very engaging, we must take care of ourselves while we are entertained or working. 



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