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Jenny Radesky
Jenny Radesky

Healthier Video Game Habits: 5 Tips for Parents of Teens

Michigan Health 1/20/20

Parents often have to sort through conflicting advice on video games – some experts say they can be good for kids while others emphasize the harms.

And nearly nine in 10 parents surveyed in a new C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health at the University of Michigan say teens spend too much time gaming.

But is there a “healthy” way to game?

“With appropriate boundaries and supervision, video games may be a fun way for some children to enjoy time with each other and for parents to connect with their kids,” says Jenny Radesky, M.D., a developmental behavioral pediatrician and researcher at Mott. “But prolonged gaming has the potential to interfere with other elements of a teen’s life, such as sleep, family and peer relationships and school performance.”

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