6 Secrets to Stop your Kid from Playing Online Games

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6 Secrets to Stop your Kid from Playing Online Games

Parents unite in one goal, to stop our kids from playing online games (at least if the game they’re into are violent games and not educational ones such as cooking games). But in this day and age, computers are taking over the world. It’s the norm and children are joining in the tech-crazed society. No matter how we prevent them, our strict rules over gaming may fall on deaf ears. The fight for total domination is a never-ending battle and most of the time, kids can sneak past you. And so, the computer games win again, while we parents are left in the sidelines shaking our heads. Read these tips below on how to stop your kid’s online gaming addiction.
6 Secrets to Stop your Kid from Playing Online Games
1. Give your child a little reward for not playing games for long stretches. It’s not bribe, it is motivation. Rewarding them for a job well done gives them a sense of fulfillment.

2. Plan family bonding moments. Take trips together, cook together, and take a new sport together. The activities are endless.

3. Limit the use of media. Other families store away their televisions and make use of other recreational past times. This does not mean you should throw away yours too. Limiting your child’s exposure to violent games and other media reduces their chances of relying on these for fun. 

4. Teach him that there are other important uses of a computer and not just for gaming. Kids often assume that computers are used mainly to entertain them, it’s your duty to show them its good uses like for researches, completing homework and projects.

5. Instill in your child the passion for reading. Take a trip to the library with your child. Show him around and let him choose books to read. Reading is learning and when kids are taught at a young age to appreciate books, most likely your child will choose a book over online games.

6. When all else fail, use the cold-turkey approach. Cut him off all media despite the shrieking protests. Most likely, he will whine, yell, kick and do all sorts of unimaginable tantrums but when you stand your ground, there’s nothing that he can do about it but to find another hobby (hoping that it’s a good one) to keep him entertained. Now is the perfect time to introduce worthwhile hobbies too.

These tips are no guarantee that your kids will conform to the rules. But with firm discipline, loving words and a good support system, hopefully there are major positive changes. If everything fails, at least be sure to check the games that your kid plays.

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happyyeteccentric · November 22, 2011 at 6:54 pm

>Give your kids something interesting stuffs like playing board games, instead of playing online games for hours. 🙂

blogger RAIN · November 22, 2011 at 9:47 pm

>LIKE this! Timely too. 🙂 I'm going to give a seminar about techno-media to grade 6 students of SSA next Tuesday – gonna use this as reference for my module. Thanks! Awesome post! 🙂

Henry · November 28, 2011 at 5:06 pm

>Online games is really hard to quit once you gain party members and friends, its like social networking game. For young age, do not let the kids expose to online games.

Marvs · December 5, 2011 at 4:04 pm

>I actually set a timer alarm whenever my kids are using the computer. Our pc is located in a conspicuous place so that I can check with them from time to time.

Herbert · December 5, 2011 at 4:22 pm

>The best term would MINIMIZING until he/she stops.. if we stop them forcibly, it wont do any good to our child at all 😀

STEF · December 5, 2011 at 5:28 pm

>I guess encouraging them to play outside (like the ones we used to play) is one way too to keep them off these PCs and gadgets. I play with my kids outside sometimes.

Matsumoto · December 5, 2011 at 5:38 pm

>You practically summed up all my thoughts. I allow my kids to play friday nights, that's all…It's a good thing they love going out too!

Nica, The Virtual As · December 5, 2011 at 6:17 pm

>I am blessed to have a kid that's easy to pry away from the computer. She knows that she's not supposed to be online all the time and I really encourage her to go out and play with others. I also buy her a lot of books and she likes the linrary!

yuuki · December 5, 2011 at 6:52 pm

>first, we have to be a role model for them. then lay out the rules and stick to them, include your child in the rule/s making so that they will have a sense of ownership.

Tsinoy Foodies · December 5, 2011 at 6:56 pm

>Great post! This is important. I am one of those kids who was an online game addict for 10 years. Now I'm regretting all the time I wasted on it. =(

Ella | The Mom Escap · December 5, 2011 at 7:12 pm

>Im grateful that my kids are not that fond of violent computer games. So far my daughter loves cooking games but most of the time she enjoys playing outdoors with friends. I guess thats one good thing I appreciate living in a rural area. Children get to enjoy nature and outdoors safely.

dimaks · December 6, 2011 at 2:32 am

>Great tips here. For me, just don't allow them to use the computer yet.I agree with the giving of rewards or incentives to kids for not playing online games.

tatess · December 7, 2011 at 11:18 am

>my 13 y.o.son can only use the computer during weekends .2 hours a day .what he usually do is read,reasearch and check the face book. he never tried the online games even if i tell him so.for him its boring. He graduated valedictorian(middle school) ,promoted 2x and his hobby is read books and magazines and he is into golf now.so i never had problem with him being hooked up with the online games.

Joy · December 7, 2011 at 11:30 am

>i just limit their time in using the pc or their handheld gadgets but i do not totally stop them from playing online games 🙂 As long as I know I balance their activities,or in short everything in moderation

michi · December 7, 2011 at 12:22 pm

>lucky me, my son is not into online games yet but he is more on watching tv, so i can still apply some of these tips.

Hazel · December 7, 2011 at 12:41 pm

>Good tips. Naha-high blood ako sa overtime ng anak ko sa mga online games na to. These are things with quite an impact on children.

Mei · December 7, 2011 at 2:11 pm

>Iba na talaga mga kabataan ngayon noh. Nung bata ako, ang problema sakin ni mama, yung labas ako ng labas, kung san san nakakarating kakalaro sa mga kapitbahay namin. Ngayon ang mga kabataan maghapon na nakatutok sa pc. Tsk. Masama sa health yun.Those tips you have given would possibly work esp the reward system. Kids should also see that there are more interesting stuffs to do aside from playing online games. Mahirap talaga iiwas ang mga bata sa ganyan. Pero nasa pagdidisplina nalang ng magulang yan.

Sining Factory · December 7, 2011 at 2:28 pm

>Discipline should be taught when they are still young. But this doesn't mean that we have to push them on what we want them to be. Giving rewards is such a great idea. Sumusund tlga ang bata. Kelangan lng tlga ng pasensya ng parents. ANg iba kasi pinapalo agad. 🙂 Ganda ng mga tips mo. 🙂

Hazel · December 7, 2011 at 2:37 pm

>Sorry I pasted the wrong link. Here's one I hope will work.

iamsuperjulie · December 7, 2011 at 3:55 pm

>I can still remember the days of patintero, bahay bahayan and habolan. Those were the days when kids really experienced "laro" in every sense of the word.

Badet · December 7, 2011 at 4:04 pm

>Encourage them to play outdoors. I miss those times when I was a kid playing patintero, habulan, etc.. It's a good exercise too!

simply pochi · December 7, 2011 at 4:47 pm

>I believe number 2 is very important. When they feel they are given more time for bonding, they really feel loved.

Jyppe A. Quidores · December 7, 2011 at 7:58 pm

>I should say that not all online games have bad influence. There are still good benefits of online games to kids.Do you know that according to studies, children who play games that are video based on a regular basis have better eye-hand coordination than those children who do not play video games? ^_^What kids needs perhaps is the proper supervision on what games to play and when and where to do it.

arcee · December 7, 2011 at 9:38 pm

>great tips you've got here. my 6-year old is not (yet) into computer games but rather into watching TV, but i also regulate it.

McRICH · December 7, 2011 at 11:56 pm

>am glad am not yet at this stage but ill make sure to remember everything you shared when my kid grows up and is already having the same dilemma. but i hope that you'd let them experience how it is playing in the street cmon!

Leah@theorangetub · December 8, 2011 at 2:53 am

>my 6-yr old is just starting to play on my phone. i feel lucky it's not hard to get him to stop because he usually finds creative ways to manage his boredom.sometimes, my kids surprise me by voluntarily turning the tv off. they'd grab a book and sit next to me for reading time :)helpful tips especially for busy parents who are tempted(almost guilty here) to use media as babysitters. parents need a ton of patience (and creativity) to guide their kids. this list should help out 🙂

May · December 8, 2011 at 6:56 am

>Great tips, useful for my own big kid. Thanks, D!

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