Video Game Time Limit.

Firebird - posted on 11/17/2011 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My 7 year old daughter discovered a video game last week that she likes and is pretty good at, both of which are surprising. However, it's been causing problems because that's all she wants to do now.lol So since this new infatuation seems like it will be sticking around a while, I'm looking for suggestions/opinions on a reasonable time limit for videos games during the day. I'm thinking maybe 45 minutes to an hour a day during the week, and maybe an extra 30 minutes on weekends. What do you ladies think?

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My girls (almost 10) don't have video games, but they are allowed to play on my computer (if homework and chores are done) while I'm in the shower and their brother is in the bath... about 20 minutes (together, not each). Occasionally they get up to an hour.... but that's pretty rare. They don't get to play every day.

We have no video game systems, but if we DID.... I'd allow about the same amount of time.

Firebird - posted on 11/18/2011

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You know that token idea sounds pretty good. I think I'll try that. I don't know if I can get my daughter to understand it because of her Autism, but hey, she understands money, so I can just make sure I keep the concept similar. =) Thanks for the quick responses!

Heather - posted on 11/17/2011

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When my girls were young, and with my job training, it was recomended that kids 6 and under 30 mins a day, for tv, games so on, 7 and up, they recomended 1 hour a day. My girls had to earn their time, they would get tokens for doing the stuff asked of them, or doing their homework, brushing teeth and so on, and we sat and talked to them and asked them what they wanted to earn, so one daughter liked the computer and one like playing outside, might seem a little harsh, my one daughter had adhd, so we might say, if you earn 20 tokens, you can play 30 mins or 40 tokens she could play 1 hour, we did that with everything if there was a cd she wanted it might cost her 60 tokens, but if they didn't earn the tokens, she didn't get her tv or computer time. Hope this make sense, she started using up a lot of tokens being on the computer or watching tv, that she decided she wanted to more with friends like go to the movies and stuff so she started saving her tokens for stuff like that and didn't ask to be on the computer as much or play her games.

Tamara - posted on 11/17/2011

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My kids get a total of one hour screen time a day, thats computer, tv, or video games. (not including computer time if they have to research on the computer or work on home work or things for college prep stuff since I have a Sr in High School as well) but its a flat hour for all four 7-17 that way there is no fighting. they tend to break it up over the afternoons.

On weekends its the same usually sometimes they get more in the winter since its hard to get out of the house and really play and stuff when your dealing with feet of snow and the cold. but we do have Family Movies during the winter which don't count toward their screen time time.

Amy - posted on 11/17/2011

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I try not to let my son who's 5 play longer then 20 minute stretches, about twice a day. Usually me or his father are playing with him, sometimes he gets a little longer at night if his younger sister is fighting bedtime.

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 11/17/2011

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My husband let our 7 year old play computer games nearly all day last week and I wanted to smack him and make her go play with her dolls or her crayons!

I never really played video games much myself, but my husband does. He doesn't have school today so he's playing right now! I have to limit HIS time because he'll play all day and I'll be the only one taking care of our baby.

I've noticed some of the game play does have time limits, but if they don't feel free to set your own.

Firebird - posted on 11/17/2011

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I don't think her friends play much in the way of video games. I remember when I was a kid, there was no such thing as a time limit for video games. lol As long as we weren't fighting over it we got to play as long as we wanted. And she's never really been into games before, so I really have no idea what's a decent time frame for gaming.

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 11/17/2011

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Considering that with some games the time limit on certain levels (my husband plays Halo on Xbox live) I'd say 30 minutes or the length of one game level during school days after she's done her homework or a chore. On weekends maybe an hour after she's done chores and had everything else done.

I've a question, do her friends play video games as well because that could help

Elfrieda - posted on 11/17/2011

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That seems like a bit much to me (I'd probably say 15-30 mins on a weekday, 45 on a weekend) but as long as you strictly enforce it with a timer or something, I think she'll be fine. It's good that she feels proud of what she's doing, though. Yay! :)

Maybe I just don't understand (because I have a 2 year old), but that's just my opinion. I know that having a 10-minute "Bob the Builder" tv time is maybe even too much for my son. For a while there he was sometimes watching for 45 minutes in a day, just a couple minutes here and there because I "needed" to take a shower, make supper, empty the dishwasher, etc without him interfering. It was not good for him. He had temper tantrums and was much more whiny than he should be. I realized that I wasn't doing right, and totally cut him off for a week. It was rough for two days, but he went back to his cheerful self after that.

Now the timer is more for me than for him. I know I have 10 minutes to do something without him, so I try to save it for when I need it! :)

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