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Combat Gaming Addiction: Tips for Parents to Help Kids Find Balance

Understanding and recognizing gaming addiction is the first step to helping children overcome it. Gaming addiction can negatively impact brain development and social behavior. These days, children and video games are almost inseparable. With fewer open spaces available for outdoor play, many kids prefer staying indoors to play video games. While some video games can […]

Understanding and recognizing gaming addiction is the first step to helping children overcome it. Gaming addiction can negatively impact brain development and social behavior. These days, children and video games are almost inseparable. With fewer open spaces available for outdoor play, many kids prefer staying indoors to play video games. While some video games can improve cognitive development and memory, excessive gaming can be unhealthy.

Gaming addiction among young children is a real and harmful issue. Dr. Sheetal Goyal, a neurologist at Wockhardt Hospitals in Mumbai, shared insights with HT Lifestyle on how gaming addiction works and how to help children break free from it.

Dr. Goyal explains that gaming addiction can alter brain function, leading to changes in attention, behavior, and social interactions. It’s important for parents to monitor their children’s gaming habits and set limits on screen time. Encouraging outdoor activities and hobbies can help balance their interests. Additionally, parents should engage in open conversations with their children about the potential harms of excessive gaming and support them in finding a healthy balance between screen time and other activities. By being proactive and involved, parents can help their children develop healthier gaming habits and overall well-being.

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