09-04-2018 11:26 AM - last edited on 09-04-2018 03:44 PM by Jess1-RO
Topical Tuesday 4/9/18:
This week's Topical Tuesday is: Gaming
Let's talk about Gaming! Gaming is a topic of discussion we see frequently on the forums, with more and more families impacted by the growing trend of Gaming. Electronic gaming is accessed across a range of technology including computers, phones, tablets/ipads and gaming consoles.
Gaming can have lots of benefits for young people, including social interactions.
There are ways for you to support your teenager to continue having positive experiences with gaming. Many parents have the same challenges in supporting their children with gaming.
Here are some questions to ask that will help you work together with your teenager:
How does gaming affect your family?
What is "Healthy" gaming vs "Unhealthy" gaming?
How do you moderate gaming in your home?
09-05-2018 04:08 PM
I've seen in the last couple of months you all have been involved in discussion threads about gaming, screen time and moderating technology use.
I have just tagged you here because I think this could be a great place to talk about your experiences
09-05-2018 08:55 PM
There is not much gaming going on in our house. However, there is way too much screen time and everyone has a phone in our household. We have a new rule that we started a couple weeks ago and that is to turn in your phone on school nights to my bedroom charging station at 9 pm. It has been working well and my daughters are getting better rest and waking up easier in the morning. One daughter likes music for sleep so she uses an Ipod for that.
I have complained to my husband that we don't do enough in house as a family, so he suggested hooking up the Wii in the livingroom to try and get our daughters to come out and interact more. I will let you know how that goes.
09-07-2018 12:01 AM
My daughter and I sometimes play the Wii. My daughter bought herself an XBox when she was working and has that in her room and does play solo and online. She also likes The Sims that she plays on her computer.
Being home all the time and mainly in her room, I’m amazed to say my daughter balances her gaming time really well with her other interests, so I’m lucky to not have to battle over restrictions. I might just touch wood on that one...
My perception of ‘healthy’ gaming is gaming that doesn’t interfere with usual daily activities, like eating, sleeping, hygiene, real life friendships, other interests etc. When gaming starts affecting ‘normal’ life and causes spiked anger when interrupted, I perceive that to be ‘unhealthy’ gaming.
Keen to hear other’s experiences and opinions!
09-11-2018 12:22 PM
I must admit with 2 sons in my home I do struggle quite a bit with their gaming. It is difficult to get them to manage their time and I don't like having to constantly police their gaming time; however, due to the addictive nature of this activity, I do find that I have to. I would love to hear how other parents manage their teens gaming habits!
09-13-2018 02:52 PM
We do hear on the forums that gaming can be quite an addictive activity. You have mentioned having to police gaming activites, I'm wondering what that looks like in your house? Do you have set times for gaming or other strategies to maintain a safe usage?
04-29-2019 02:45 AM
My thing is I feel it should have a purpose.
If you want to game, you need to want to be a pro gamer or streamer. Otherwise you're just wasting your time and your enforcing bad, time-wasting habits.
It may seem harsh but I recently taught my little cousin how to game stream and he loves it.
It's my opinion, but I think parents don't put enough effort into shaping a child's career. They'll tell them to go to college and get an education but do they tell you how to build a skill, get money etc?