Video Game Tips for Parents

Today’s Topic: Video Games are for Kids

Cherylyn Feierabend
Episode #030
These ratings are only a guide to what may be appropriate for specific age groups. These should not replace parental guidance. It is your responsibility as a parent to be involved in what your child is playing. Many video games offer demo versions online. You can also read reviews of games on most websites where the titles are available. If you are still uncertain as to whether a game is suitable for your child, you can visit a store and ask to play the game in the store. You could also rent the game and play it prior to handing it over to your child. It’s a good idea to actually play the game with your child as well. You will be able to see how your child interacts with the game and you might even have some fun.

The best games, in my opinion, are going to be the ones that are educational whether your child is aware of it or not. There are many games advertised for pre-school through school-aged children. I have a few of the pre-school games and my daughter became very adept at them very quickly. There are many things she has been able to do in these programs. She’s worked with numbers, letters, sorting objects, naming animals and even putting together virtual puzzles by dragging the pieces with the mouse.

I do love that she’s able to learn using the computer and I enjoy interacting with her this way also, but we run into the same obstacle each time she plays. The problem is that she doesn’t want to stop. There needs to be a time limit set on the game-playing. I recommend using a timer to alert your child when time has run out. In our home, we are allowing video games on a reward system. When our daughter completes a task she earns an allotted amount of video game time for that day. It is also a privilege she can lose. This has worked very well for us as it gives her a positive reward in all ways. It’s both fun and educational. It’s something she truly loves to do so she’s willing to cooperate to earn time to play.

Finally, I know I’ve been talking about letting your kids play educational video games, but sometimes I think it’s okay for the games to simply be fun. My daughter’s favorite game right now is Nintendogs and I have to agree, it’s a really fun game to play!

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Cherylyn Feierabend
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