I wanted to post a bit more on the video game question. The same applies to any screen-type activity.

This article by Deborah Scott gets to the heart of the issue.

A Confession. For a fleeting moment one morning I thought, “You know, if I just used the internet as a reward, I could get my son to do anything.” Wow, that would be controlling. The idea was canned immediately.

Then came a stark realization that you may discover lurking in your house, too. If I could get my son to do anything I wanted him to do just so long as I gave him internet access, so could anyone else. I was allowing my son to put a ring in his nose. Like a bull, his strong, abundantly useful self could be led anywhere by anyone. I was footing the bill for this ugly situation!

Read the rest of the article here.

I have posted below two articles on how the brain works. An understanding of how the brain works will help you in making your decisions about screen time for your child.

The Neuro Transformers: Culture & the Malleability of the Human Brain

Sex & the Kiddies: The Sexualization of Children & How Advertising & Entertainment Change Their Brains


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