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Tips to Help Youth Decrease Screen Time

Did you know that according to a study conducted by the Pew Research Center, more than seventy-five percent of kids and teenagers play video games? Even though video games are more popular than ever, it is important for youth to keep them in balance with other non-screen activities.

According to a recent article from CBS Detroit, one way to keep gaming in check is by joining a gaming club. Gaming clubs can be found at local high schools or college campuses and promote gaming as a healthy activity practiced in moderation. Many gaming clubs also emphasize that screen breaks are needed, especially in a world that’s highly digitized. 

If you notice the child in your life is missing classes, dropping grades, or showing disinterest in other extracurricular activities, these could be signs that they are overplaying and could benefit from a digital detox. A digital detox could include stepping away from a game for a long period or limiting game time to a few hours a week. For more information on how to incorporate a digital detox into your child’s life, read this recent blog post from Before You Bet.

Below are additional ways to help keep gaming and screen-time healthy. 

  • Establishing limits and setting controls on devices that regulate game time.
  • Minimizing cellphone and other handheld device use.
  • Balancing gaming with other activities and hobbies like playing sports or musical instruments. 

In addition, it can be helpful to know the warning signs of a child who might be dependent on video games. Here are a few symptoms according to VideoGameAddiction.org

  • Being unusually preoccupied with the game or computer when they are away from it.
  • Downplaying the amount of time they spend in front of the TV or computer.
  • Losing complete track of time when playing and finding that several hours have passed.

Change the Game Ohio offers a wide range of tools and resources, including time management tips for children, and discussion guides that can equip parents, caregivers, and educators on how to talk to a child about responsible gaming and the potential risks of youth gambling. To access these resources and more, visit ChangeTheGameOhio.org.

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