Good Gam­ing

Simply Her (Singapore) - - Kids -

Dr Lim Boon Leng, psy­chi­a­trist at Dr BL Lim Cen­tre for Psy­cho­log­i­cal Well­ness at Gle­nea­gles Med­i­cal Cen­tre, shares how you can man­age your child’s online gam­ing. • MODER­A­TION IS KEY: Your child’s time online should not be at the ex­pense of more im­por­tant ac­tiv­i­ties, such as fam­ily bond­ing, school­work, time with friends, out­door play, ex­er­cise and rest. Al­lo­cate spe­cific times for online gam­ing and limit th­ese to one to three hours a week – any longer and he could be­come ad­dicted to gam­ing. • CHOOSE THE RIGHT GAMES: Look out for age rec­om­men­da­tions, and avoid games that have been rated “M” – th­ese are for older play­ers (aged 17 and above) and may con­tain strong lan­guage, sex­ual con­tent and heavy-duty vi­o­lence. • DO YOUR RE­SEARCH: Try out the games your­self to en­sure that they are ap­pro­pri­ate, read online re­views and get feed­back from other par­ents. • SU­PER­VISE GAM­ING SES­SIONS: Place the com­puter or tablet in a com­mon area so that you can keep an eye on your child. Check on him reg­u­larly to en­sure he is not do­ing any­thing in­ap­pro­pri­ate online.

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