My almost 10 yr has ADHD and I know that computer/video games are not good for him. In addition, I pretty much hate video/computer games and consider them absolutely worthless unless they are truly educational. Having said that, every now and then, I will let my son do Minecraft on the computer for a short while but even after 15 minutes, his behavior is worse and he obsesses about the game. It doesn’t help that virtually all of the kids at church and his co-op get to do computer games, have their own Kindles/iPads, etc. My son has a Kindle but he isn’t allowed to use it due to his behavior. I have an iPad, but again, he isn’t allowed to use it due to his behavior.
Other than just saying No, you are never doing computer games while you live in my house, any other suggestions on how to handle this? I can’t believe how many kids do computer games all the time and have phones. It’s crazy that 10 yr old kids have phones. Maybe I am just behind the times.ErinDParticipant
You are definitely not behind the times. Just because everyone’s kids are playing video games doesn’t mean it’s good for them.
My boys (15, 13, 11 and 9) have set computer time twice a week. They know that’s all they get and they don’t ask for more.
I don’t know much about Minecraft but maybe it’s not the right game. Is it supposed to be quite addicting? I may have read that somewhere but I could be wrong.
Mine like to game but they also sometimes draw pictures on paint, and film and edit their own movies, and other non-gaming things, so it doesn’t have to be games either. There are also online jigsaw puzzles and things like that. My husband approves all games before they play, so that definitely helps us decide what is appropriate for them to play.
The peer pressure is tough, but you are the parent, and I don’t feel obligated to give in to things just because everyone else is doing them. It is hard, though.
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