Here is a list of ideas which can help you cover this gap:
- Provide Better Alternatives- Suggest activities involving the entire family such as board games, the swimming, picnics, walks etc…
- Check on what kind of games the kids are playing – Encourage them to educational and strategy building games such as Game of Thrones, math games, dress up games, car games and cooking games.
- Restrict and put limitations only to an extent. DO NOT overboard which might lead to alienation and more conflict.
- Decrease their access to gaming devices
- Define the problem YOU have with your kids playing video games and think of a strategy with an alternate- Are they lacking in physical activities, socialization or studies?
- Put time limits on ALL activities so the children learn to value playtime.
- Provide equally entertaining alternatives
- Propose gaming as a reward- Tell kids they can only play once they finish their homework.
- DO NOT BUY your child additional games- So when they complete certain levels they won’t have a choice of continue to play. This way the child will automatically develop and interest in other activities too.
- Pre-select the game you permit your child to play- Some games such as Angry Birds can be played infinitely thus, making the last proposition difficult.
- Encourage them to play games which have a positive social impact- Moshi Monsters is a good example where kids learn social skills by adopting monster moshilings. In continuation, they can make Moshi Monster Cupcakes and enjoy a healthy meal.
- Set time limits for internet access to the kids’ devices. Since each computer has a unique MAC address you can specify the routers to set what hours each computer has access to the net. And without the internet kids would have no interest in a computer.
- Instead of watching their favorite videos and movies online encourage kids to watch them on TV- Get them a CD of Cinderella, watch Disney and Nick rather than hooking onto PBS Kids and youtube.
- Plan an outdoor trip and ask the kids to write a journal story
[image source: http://www.personal.psu.edu/afr3/blogs/siowfa12/2012/10/video-games-harmful-or-beneficial-for-a-childs-future.html ]