Home computer games are no longer solo style. Games on the computer, smartphone and especially tablets are going interactive for the family and friends.
Statistics from the Entertainment Software Association state that more than 1/3 parents play video games with their kids regularly, more than once a week. 89% of parents are involved in choosing their children’s video games. And the average age for playing video games is 30 years.
More women are playing computer games than ever and with the onslaught of free video game apps, the tablet and smartphone games are going bezerk. While mobile computer gaming is exploding, many groups are warning against kids getting consumed into the games along with watching TV that social skills suffer and obesity grows.
The American Academy of Pediatricians recommend that children under 2 years should not play any video games. Ages 2 and above should be limited to one hour per day that includes TV as well. But, with the onslaught of interactive, educational games that opinion is being challenged.
For instance, 95% teachers use interactive games as part of the education process. While learning as part of the game is beneficial, they also cite hand to eye coordination and the development of technological skills as added benefits.
The computer game industry continues to fight the image of video games being too violent and sendentary, computer makers and the demand for family-orientated and educational games are helping to sway that opinion. And with the popularity of motion games on the rise, those also help turn games from creating obesity to exercising as the game.
So, as with all children activities, parents and families must maintain a balance of healthy, educational, interactive and family style games to being virtually away from the screen. (How’d you like that pun?)
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