Gaming Influence on Children

The controversy around gaming and its detrimental effects has been inflamed over the past five years or so. There is a large body of research that has highlighted the many positive impacts that gaming can have on young people. Gaming has been found to support prosocial relationships and can motivate young people to be more helpful and cooperative with others.

When it comes to gaming, there are three key risks that we must consider as parents: Age-Appropriateness of the Content, In-Game Chat, and Screen Time (or A.C.S).  While there is considerable evidence that demonstrates the positive impact that gaming can have on kids, we need to ensure that kid's gaming habits support these benefits, whilst minimizing the risk of contact with strangers, harmful content, and excessive gaming.

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