Counseling Child Video Games: Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Anger, Poor Grades Phoenix Scottsdale

Children and adolescents who play video games before bedtime go to bed later and those who use online social media take longer to fall asleep, this study has been done hundreds of times. In Medical journals, health journals, psychology journals, and more.

Children and teens that spend more time with family and friends and that are not using: smart phones, video games, social media, snapchat, instagram, facebook, texting etc are more balanced in their lives. In fact those that limit technology receive much better sleep and why is this important? Sleep is vital for school performance as well as for stress and mood regulation. There are many studies that connect poor sleep to : depression, anger that is out of control, irritability, anxiety, depression and more.

When your child is playing video games and on social media or you tube he is not learning : academic skills, time management, health social skills, communication skills. Your child is not being involved in your family as a team player and he is not contributing to your family as well. Your child is not exercising and he is not involved in sports or other school activities. Video games can be very addictive and will wreck havoc and imbalance in your household if parents do not limit limit all technology!

On school days, spending time with family was tied to earlier bedtimes and better sleep. Limiting technology is vital to the balance and health and success of your child or teenager.

Teens and children are spending between 6-9 hours per day on electronic devices. Youth in America according to a recent study of over 3000 youth show they are spending more time on media and electronic devices including phones than they are sleeping. The cell phone, Tv, You tube videos, cell phone games, texting , instagram, snapchat, video games, netflix , hula are distracting children from homework, exercise, and healthy face to face relationships. Children and Teenagers are in their room jumping from one electronic device to another and it is having a negative impact on learning and grades! I had a news reporter tell me that we do not know the impact of media on children. There are thousands of studies showing that children and teens are out of balance with media use, tv, cell phone use, and video games. The experts state children should be using no more than 1.5 hours per day . This includes the pediatric medical community. So media Health Care Doctors, Psychologists, Researchers, and world experts maintain we must limit the exposure to electronics. It impacts sleep, mood, performance, social skills, academic success and more in a negative manner.

Teenagers between the ages of 13-18 are spending on average nine hours per day on electronics: tv, netflix, texting, you tube, Facebook, instagram,social networking, snapchat, video games, online videos. Teens are rarely maintaining 7 hours of sleep per night during the school week.

Children are also using electronic media at a high rate. Youth ages 9-12 are averaging six hours per day of electronic media use nd this does not include time for homework.

Seventy percent of teens do not believe that watching tv, texting, playing video games, surfing the net impacts their ability to study and learn. Research shows this not to be the case in fact it is the opposite of what the teens believe.

Teen Boys are spending a great deal of time on video games. Male teens spend almost ten times the amount of time on video games and online gaming as well as cell phone gaming. Teen girls spend more time on social media than boys and girls spend more time reading than boys.

Parents are in a power position to set boundaries for: sleep, gaming, texting, Tv, Homework, and more. If parents do not set firm limits than an immature child will be sucked into the vortex of games and entertainment and will be in their rooms drunk with power. Family communication will deteriorate, grades will go south, negative behaviors will become more frequent, family stress will increase, and mental and physical health will be poor.

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