If the thought of having your kids in front of a Playstation or X-Box for hours makes you feel like a “bad” parent, think twice. There have been studies linking excessive gaming to depression, social difficulties and poor school performance, predominately in boys. But this study in essence is saying….”if you can’t beat them, join them.”
This study mainly looked at girls aged 11-16 and how they responded to playing videogames. If they played with their parents, they felt better and more connected verses playing with friends or by themselves. It did not make any measurable difference for boys. The videogames also had to be age-appropriate, so M-rated games are a no-no.
Adolescents connect through playing videogames, facebook, i-pods and other means of technology. This is their world. If we can spend some time interacting at their level, it will benefit both you and them.