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  1. David
    December 14, 2010

    If you look hard enough, I’m sure you can find good in everything. Though research has found a positive aspect of playing video games, but one still has to wonder if the purported benefits outweigh potential harm.

    Don’t get me wrong; I love a good video game, but I just can’t justify using them to help strengthen cognitive development. I work with children with attention and learning problems. Specifically, we try to address cognitive, sensory and nutrition issues that negatively impact our students’ abilities to attend and learn. There is simply too much evidence out there that too much media exposure – including video games – can hurt sensory development, decrease attention, and hurt physical development. Given my students’ near addiction to these games, I’ve written on this subject before (http://sparkdevelopment.blogspot.com)

    Kids now consume more media than ever before, roughly seven and a half (7 ½) hours a day – even though the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no more than two (2) hours a day for children over the age of two, and the fact that excessive media consumption has been linked with among other things, obesity, violence, disturbed sleep and sensory integration issues.

    It’s hard to deny a child the opportunity to play video games, especially when all their friends are playing. It’s also hard to attack what seems to have become an accepted part of life, and one that generates billions of dollars in revenue each year. Yes, it’s easy to say that we parents should better monitor and restrict our children’s time playing video games, and get them outside to play, but with the daily demands on our lives, and the ease and seductive nature of these games, not to mention the bombardment of child-targeted marketing, isn’t it easier to just “prove” the games are good for you somehow, and alleviate any sense of guilt we may have about letting our kids play?

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