Video gaming consoles are common devices to be found in almost every home. Almost every family member takes pleasure in playing different types of games, as per his/her choice. Kids and parents have their specific types of game titles that they can play independently or play together. There are educational games, fitness games, creative games, adventurous games or just plain entertaining games that kids and their parents can play. Thus you can see, playing games can benefit your family in terms of educating kids, keeping you in shape, foster you or your kidsâ€™ creativity, and also offer you the much-needed thrill. You can strengthen family bonding and spend quality time with family while playing games. However, there is also a flipside to it. Unless and until you carefully monitor the games and the amount of time your family is spending over the gaming consoles, your family may end up being negatively impacted.
So, what are the adverse effects of video games on a family?
Accompanying your kids while they play can encourage them to explore technology and enhance their ability to handle technology better. However, unless you are cautious, you may have to pay a bitter price for it in the future. Your kids might develop a dormant passion for video games gradually and become too addictive toward the gaming console that they may alienate themselves from the rest of the world. Children easily become obsessed with handheld gaming devices and gaming consoles available at home. Hence, playing games may lead to isolation and detachment among family members. Not just kids, even parents addicted to video games may start spending less time with the family and this may impede the natural bonding process. Moreover, violent games promote despicable activities in kids and may generate the risks of family violence.
In order to prevent these intimidating effects of playing games from surfacing in your family, you can adopt certain effective measures. You, as a parent, need to be aware of the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) ratings. These ratings certify games as per EC (early childhood), E (everyone), E10+ (everyone above 10 years), T (Teen), M (Mature) and AO (Adults Only). These ratings will alert you and help you to identify the right computer and video games that are appropriate for your kids, depending upon their age.