Video games are often cited as a form of juvenile delinquency-- wasting time that ought be spent studying or exercising or socializing.
But there's news of a possible silver lining. It seems that if parents join in the fun with their kids, video games *can* be a family-enhancing pastime.
Published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, it says don't try to beat "
Em-- join "em.
287 kids aged eleven to sixteen who played video games filled out several
questionnaires along with their parents.
About half the kids reported playing video games with their parents, though not often or for long periods.
When the girls played video games considered age-appropriate with their parents, they reported:
- higher levels of "parent connectedness"
- lower levels of internalized emotions
-lower aggressive behaviors, and
-more pro-social behavior toward family members
When girls played age-*in*appropriate video games with parents, that had a negative effect.
Interestingly, boys were *not* affected one way or the other.
The authors say that may be because boys spend far more time playing video games alone or with friends-- so the relatively little time spent playing with parents didn't make the
impression it did on girls.
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