Video game addiction

Jane M. Healy, PhD Educational Psychologist, explains the growing awareness that kids can become addicted to video games and shares ways for parents to monitor this
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There is a growing awareness that young people can actually become addicted to video gaming. We need more research to understand the full dimensions of this problem, but in the meanwhile, I would make some suggestions to parents; which is that you keep track of how your child is using all screen time. Keep track of the content, and particularly with young children, don't let them have computers in their rooms that they use for gaming. I also worry about very young children who we see being mesmerized by their electronic play things, and I wonder about a mesmerized brain for a four year old, what's that going to look like in a 14 year old. I really do hope we get better research on this. In the meanwhile, I would ask parents to remember, these young people are part of a generation that is a huge experiment and we really don't know the ultimate effects on these young kids brains. I think caution is well advised here.

Jane M. Healy, PhD Educational Psychologist, explains the growing awareness that kids can become addicted to video games and shares ways for parents to monitor this

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Jane M. Healy, PhD

Educational Psychologist

Jane Healy is a teacher and educational psychologist who has worked with all ages from pre-school to graduate school.  Her major research interest has been in finding practical applications of current brain research for teachers and parents.  A graduate of Smith College, she holds a MA from John Carroll University, a PhD from Case Western Reserve University, and post-doctoral work in developmental neuropsychology.  She has served on the faculty of Cleveland State University. Her many years of experience include: parent, classroom teacher, reading/learning specialist, elementary administrator, and clinician.  She is recognized internationally as an author, lecturer, and consultant. She has received international media coverage, including Nightline, Good Morning America, the Today Show, CNN and NPR, for her ideas about the impact of technology, media and culture on children's brain development and learning.

Although Jane has received many honors, including being twice named the "Educator of the Year" by Delta Kappa Gamma, she claims that she and her husband have learned most of what they know from the process of raising three sons (and now their six grandchildren).

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