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Are Video Games Good for Kids?
Written by Jared Pelletier
Last updated on August 04, 2014 @ 7:44PM
Created on August 04, 2014 @ 5:48PM
Researchers from Oxford University are saying video games might actually be good for kids. According to a brand new study, kids between the ages of 10-years-old and 15-years-old who play video games for less than an hour are less likely to have emotional and friendship issues.
 
Dr. Elizabeth Cohen is a communication studies professor at WVU. She said, "Some of this research suggests that maybe one of the reasons why there are positive effects from video games is because they make kids feel good."
 
Critics worry about the negative ramifications video games can have on kids, but researchers claim children who play video games have been associated with better cognitive and social skills.
 
"Essentially these kids seemed to be a little more balanced and a little bit more well rounded," said Cohen.
 
Data from the study indicates kids who spent an hour or less gaming were less hyperactive and overall were happier with their lives compared to those who don't indulge in video games.
 
Austin McKitrick is a Jefferson County resident. He claims he was surprised by the results of the study. McKitrick said, "Most of the time you hear about the negative side effects of video games and how people can be less social or more aggressive."
 
Experts believe video games can have harmful effects if children are playing them for too long. According to researchers, kids who played for more than three hours a day showed negative signs. That's part of the reason why some parents claim they still have concerns.
 
Christy Rittenour is a parent who lives in Monongalia County. She said, "I don't believe my children will engage in violence just because they watch television or play video games that are violent, but I don't want to create a culture where violence is acceptable."
 
Media experts claim the key is for parents to monitor what kind of games children are playing while also making sure they're gaming in moderation.
 
"Video games don't necessarily have to be bad. We just have to structure our children's environment so they're playing the better types of games," said Cohen.
 
Kids who played video games up to three hours showed no positive or negative effects.

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