Addicting Games

What It Is:
These are websites dedicated to online games. They often have so many games on their sites your kid could play for hours and hours.

Who is on it?:
A lot of boys ages 7-13

Would My Child Want It?:
Online games tend to be the buzz anywhere there are boys who gather together.  Most likely they feel the peer pressure to play and understand random games to either have something to chat about, or they play because they’re bored out of their minds.

Where Can It Be Used?:
Anywhere there is internet.

What Should I Watch Out For?:
While most of these games are relatively safe, they can be fairly addictive, meaning the time your child will be spending on these could be a bit outrageous.

What Are The Positives?:
At the end of the day, playing any type of safe game is fun and enjoyable.

What Are The Negatives?:

  • Wasting time
  • Becoming obsessive
  • Becoming lazy and inactive.

What We Think:
It’s fine to let your kids play a little after you’ve checked out the game, but set up parameters and guidelines to how long they can play and how often. Don’t let a video game ever become a substitute for real physical activity or in-person interaction.