It is ok to allow your tween to play video games. Video games should be permitted when a parent deems appropriate. The frequency should be time limited (e.g. one to two days a week for no more than one hour at a time) and should only be permitted when your tween has completed all responsibilities such as homework and/or chores. Each video game that is purchased should be approved by a parent and parents need to take the time to research and/or watch the video game to decide whether or not it is appropriate for their child. When deciding whether or not your child should play a particular game, please keep these tips in mind.
1. Evaluate whether or not the content is age appropriate.
2. Decide what the benefits or potential harm could be in playing a particular video game.
3. Decide whether or not you want your child to learn the skills that a particular game teaches (yes, parents your children are learning skills while playing video games).
4. Evaluate what your child is being exposed to. If this video was a movie, would you permit them to watch it?
5. Keep siblings in mind as well. Remember that although your older one is playing the game, your younger one may be watching.