Boys Town Releases Top Five Strategies for Managing Kid's Video Game Use

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Boys Town tells parents to establish video game rules in the home to improve communication and avoid confusion and arguments.

With good guidance from parents, your child can used video games for what they were intended - fun and relaxation.

Boys Town releases advice for parents on how to establish video game rules in the home. The national child care organization, started over 90 years ago, encourages families to set clear boundaries with the games early, to improve communication and avoid confusion and arguments later.

1.    Remind kids that the use of video games is a privilege, not a right.
2.    Make sure electronics are used in a public place and pay attention to your child’s use, as many games allow users to go online.
3.    Establish “game-free” zones and times in the home to “unplug” and concentrate on communicating with each other and enjoying each other’s company.
4.    Help your children achieve balance in their lives by encouraging them to stay physically active, enjoy reading, and learn to relax and have fun without electronics.
5.    Parents should check a good game rating site in order to find games with good family values.

It’s also a good idea to take some time to play the games with your son or daughter. You can share a common interest and discover the games content. “Above all, keep the family conversation about video games going," said Laura Buddenberg, Boys Town Training and Community Outreach Manager. “With good guidance from you, your child can use video games for what they were intended – fun and relaxation.”

Boys Town counsels families and schools across the country on best parenting and discipline practices. These strategies incorporate those teachings and can be used for effective parenting in the home.

You can find more information at http://www.parenting.org/buddenberg. The Boys Town National Hotline also offers free advice to parents 24/7. Call 1-800-448-3000.

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