What You Should Know About Your Kids and Video Games

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Rachel Altvater on Video Games

If you wonder whether your kids spend too much time playing video games, this episode of Woman Worriers offers some answers. Host Elizabeth Cush and Dr. Rachel Altvater talk about common parental concerns regarding children and teens and online gaming.

We miss the point that the child just wants to connect with their friends.
— Dr. Rachel Altvater

Show Notes:

Do video games expose your kids to too much violence? Does gaming keep your child from healthy face-to-face interactions? Could your teen be addicted to Fortnite or Five Nights at Freddy’s? In this episode of the Woman Worriers podcast, host Elizabeth Cush, LCPC, of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md., talks with Rachel Altvater, Psy.D., RPT-S, of Creative Psychological Health Services, about these and other common questions and concerns that many parents have about their kids and video games. They offer some surprising answers that might ease your anxiety. You’ll also hear practical tips for setting healthy boundaries for your children and their online gaming.

Listen and learn:

  • The key question to ask a child about a particular video game.

  • The surprising answers that many kids give about why they’re drawn to certain games like Fortnite.

  • The surprising benefits that kids experience when they play video games

  • Why we often don’t need to worry about what we’re worried about

  • What you need to know about video game addiction and how to allay your fears

  • How video gaming affects family relationships

  • How to set limits on screen time without alienating your teen or creating conflict

  • Where to find a media usage plan and a screen time calculator and how to use them to make a plan for your family

  • Why consistency and flexibility are both important

  • Why taking away video games for a month doesn’t work

  • Where to find resources for parents on internet safety, privacy, social media and online gaming


Learn More

> Dr. Rachel Altvater on Facebook

> Netsmartz

> American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Family Media Plan (English)

> AAP Family Media Plan (Spanish)

> AAP Media and Children Communication Toolkit

> Progression Counseling


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