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What parents need to know about video games
Q: I'm not sure if I'm in favor of or opposed to video games. What do you think I need to know about them?
A: It's important to monitor and control the content of games as well as the amount of time a child spends playing them. The games should be appropriate for the age of the child and there should be a good balance of other activities in his life, including physically active play.

It's advisable to set a limit of screen time allowed per day or week and avoid games with violent content. Some research suggests that they have a negative effect on a child's behavior.

Kathleen Alfano Ph.D., Former Director of Child Research at Fisher-Price®