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Interactive video games have emerged as one of the most popular forms of entertainment, especially among children and adolescents. On average, children who have a video game machine at home spend about 90 minutes a day playing them. Video games vary in their content. In addition to being a form of entertainment, video games are also used in education, medicine, and other fields. There are many trends that parents find disturbing. Since video games are so popular with children, concern about games featuring violence, sex, and other adult themes become an issue for parents.


Playing video games has many positive effects on children. Video games can be used for therapeutic purposes such as assisting student with learning disabilities. Students with learning disabilities are able to learn effectively when pursuing highly motivating computer game learning tasks (Funk, 1993). Through electronic games, children can control levels of difficulty; game rules and tools for problem solving, allowing them to construct cognitive skills. Video game playing also contributes to improved hand and eye coordination, reaction time, and attention to detail. Some studies have shown that the format of video games, and the games themselves, can be effective when used for instructional purposes. Video games can also impact the daily activities and interaction of children and families. Results from a recent study suggest that video games have brought families together for shared play and interaction. Last, video games are a good way of introducing children to computers.

Playing video games has several negative effects on children, too. Critics believe that performing violent actions in video games may be more conducive to children's aggression than watching violent acts on television. The more children practice violent acts, the more likely they are to perform these violent acts (Clark, 1993). Young children who play video games tend to ...

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