The Effects of Online Gaming on Kids

With the advent of the internet, games can be played over computer networks with other players around the globe, and due to the advancement in technology regarding gameplay, graphics, depth and also broadband access, online games are getting better and better.


Online games are prevalent among children and adults, but there are side effects to it if not controlled especially for kids. If you a guardian or a loving parent that has a computer at home with broadband internet access and allows your children to play online games, please take note.


Online Games Are Time Consuming

Most online games are fun to play with and are very addictive. Ask any gamers:) Most gamers spend large amounts of their time in front of the computers. The primary goal is to complete the missions and when you are having fun, time flies.


No Social Interaction, No Life


Although they interact with other gamers, most are through chats and also forums. Some would spend the entire day communicating through conversations with other players rather than meeting and talking to individuals in person. This will make them impersonal in dealing with people in real life.


It Can Affect Your Kids Health


Most gamers would prefer playing games in a dark room. The only light available is from the computer screen. This type of environment will cause eye strain and headache. It will lead to fatigue and continued pains in the head even after being done with the game. Attention deficit disorder depression is also common in kids that play too much online games. 


It Can Be Expensive


Some sites charge monthly fees to their subscribers. It can be very costly over a given time frame. While there are sites that offer free to play, they do have ‘items’ for sale that gamers can purchase to make their game characters stronger than others that play for free. It will be a big problem if your children are not money savvy or misused your credit card.


If you are a parent, you should discourage with a lot of emphases your young ones playing online games all the time. They deserve to have a balanced life. There must be time for TV, study, games, and also meeting friend (in real life) and family. It is OK to allow children to play online games but you have to limit their time. Talk to them, tell them your views and listen to what they say. Playing games is cool, but there must be some limits to it.