However, after reading this very fascinating blog post written by a teenager himself, I must admit I’m reconsidering the whole issue (the response from the boy’s mother is also a good one):
This second take on it, also brings in another angle I had also not previously considered: Why is it okay (and even encouraged) for children to lose themselves for hours in the fantasy world of a book, but not a video game? Of course, she addresses other important aspects too:
Fortunately, we don’t have a problem with this (yet!)- whether it’s because my kids aren’t teenagers, or because they’re very active, I guess time will tell! – but still, it’s good to be aware of the different viewpoints if the problem ever does arise.
I do think it’s also important to consider the radiation load of computer and especially High Definition TV viewing (HDTV is in the Super High Frequency Range according to NASA’s website – higher even than a cell phone) though.
So make sure kids are at least 2 feet away from any computer and as far away from the TV as you can get them. Also, don’t use wireless components, like a wireless mouse, keyboard or WII device. Again, these carry a similar electromagnetic radiation load to a cell phone.
And if you want to know what’s wrong with cell phones and cordless phones, and why children should never use them, see my other post:
I find with my kids it also helps to tune them into what their bodies are feeling. Asking things like, “How does your head feel?” or “How are your eyes?” after a gaming session. And then sharing common experiences like ‘fuzzy head’, reduced long-range vision, etc. can help tune them in to looking out for the welfare of their physical body as well – not just their mind and emotional needs.