Evrim Ulusoy, Psychologist
Did you know that 21st century skills include technology, creativity, critical thinking and communication, and can be practiced in game play? Online games and electronic devices are all around us, and can be used to occupy ourselves when we are seeking excitement or new learning experiences. On the other hand, they can also be used as a maladaptive coping mechanism to escape from distressing feelings. The recommended guidelines by the Department of Health for gaming/screen time in children aged 5 to 12 years old is a maximum of two hours per day.
Things to consider about your child’s engagement in game play
Helpful points for a good bedtime routine, fun and safe interactions, exercising the brain and body
Setting boundaries for electronic game play
It is valuable for parents to set boundaries from the beginning with their child using a child-focused approach to communication. This will help your child to develop insight into their thoughts and feelings during game play, and empower them to make their own decisions with consideration of family rules for game play.
My top 5 favourite fun and social games for families