Addicted to computer games...

Debbie - posted on 07/28/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I have 2 elementary students who loves to play computer games... They do study or do their assignments though but after their chores they go straight to the computer and play...

Advise, advise, advise please.....

tnx!

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Vicki - posted on 07/28/2010

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They sound like good kids if they are doing all their school work & chores. If you are concerned about the amount they play on the computer tell them they are only allowed to play it for an hour a day, put a timer on plug socket so it cuts off automatically after an hour if they don't come off it themselves .. encourage them to go outside to play with friends, or arrange other activities ... I tend to tell my children to go out to play if the weather is nice & they can play on the computer later or on a rainy day.

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Make it a privilege that they must earn. My son is only 5, but he also loves the computer--he would spend all day on PBSkids.com & Noggin.com if I allowed him to. Instead, he gets 1/2 hour each day based on his behavior the day before. So if he is cranky or whiny, Monday, no game time on Tuesday. He can loose his game time for that day too if he is a terror in the morning.
I'm pretty strict with it, because, even though it is "educational" I feel like it limits his imagination, which I feel is very important to the thought process and problem solving, and that area is also neglected a lot in academics--so I stress play that lets him....well, play.

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