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If youaEU(tm)re worried about the impact video and computer game playing may have on your child, youaEU(tm)re not alone. There are over 5,000 game titles available. Parents might feel at a loss when it comes to getting unbiased information about the possible effects of game playing on children.

Pros
Quality video/computer game playing can:

Introduce children to technology.
Boost self-discipline aEU" games usually require following directions.
Provide practice in problem solving and logic.
Increase fine motor and coordination skills.
Provide occasion for adults and children to play together.
Foster interest in information technology.

Cons
Over-involvement with video/computer game playing can:

Foster social isolation; even good games are more often played alone.
Detract from the time children should spend on other important activities like reading, playing with friends, etc.
Very popular games feature plots based on anti-social themes such as violence, irresponsible sex, gender bias, and aggression.
Children play in an environment of super weapons, slaughter, kicking, stabbing, and shooting.
Women are often portrayed as weak or helpless characters.
Feelings of mastery occur in a video world that is not real. Playing violent games may contribute more to aggressive behavior than passively watching television.

Did You Know
When a child watches a TV program or a movie, they are in the role of observer. When they play a video or computer game, they are participants.

A video game system purchased today is more powerful than a Cray Supercomputer manufactured just twenty years ago.

Approximately 69% of American families own or rent video and computer games.

Children ages 8-12 are the most frequent players of video and computer games.

Edited by: lizwool at: 12/6/06 8:06

Liz Woolley