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Could a Little Video Game Play Be Good for Kids?
Date:8/4/2014

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The findings do lend support to the American Academy of Pediatrics' recommendation that parents limit children's video game or screen time to an hour or less a day, Weigle said.

"Unfortunately, that's very different from the average media intake of American kids, which has been an average of seven hours of electronic media every day, and two hours of that video game play," he said.

Noting the small impact that video games exhibited on emotional growth, Przybylski said concerned parents who want to help their child's development would do best to spend more time with them -- even if that means grabbing a controller and sitting down next to them.

"Active engagement -- maybe even playing video games with your child -- will give you a better understanding and provide you valuable insights into why your child is playing and what they're getting out of that," he said.

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For more information on child development, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SOURCES: Andrew Przybylski, Ph.D., experimental psychologist, Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford, England; Paul Weigle, M.D., pediatric and adolescent psychiatrist, Mansfield Center, Conn.; September 2014 Pediatrics


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