Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson: It's up to parents to monitor kids' video games

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by KING 5 News

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Posted on January 16, 2013 at 8:04 PM

Updated Saturday, Jan 19 at 10:37 AM

When it comes to violent video games, Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson says it's not about banning the games for everyone. Instead, it's up to parents to monitor.

"It's not that these games can't exist," said Swanson. "It's how do we involve our children in their experiences. So one of the things that parents can do is think carefully about following the rules. So the game rating system has "E" for everyone, or "E" for everyone over 10, which is not everyone, to mature."

Dr. Swanson recommends parents buy and play the games themselves before allowing children to take over the controllers.

Things for parents to know about video games

1. Violent video games may change your child's perception of aggression and may desensitize them to violent acts.

2. Play games before buying or downloading them.

3. Observe and follow video games ratings. Use Common Sense Media as a resource.

4. Setting limits -- every parent can!

5. Have kids play together, not alone.

6. Think about a healthy "media diet."

For more information

A great site for rating TV, movies, apps, and video games: Common Sense Media

American Academy of Pediatrics: Media Violence

Tips for parents on gaming at all ages

Make Your Own Rating System for games at home

 

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