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Pros and Cons of Video Games For Children

There is no question that video games and other technologies are having both a positive and a negative impact on the lives of 21st century children. In our estimation, those who argue that all screen-based time is detrimental to children are simply wrong. There are, however, some negative impacts of screen-based technologies on children that need to be addressed. Issues such as excessive amounts of time in front of screens, desensitization to violence, and the potential for addictive behavior are legitimate concerns. The following charts provide an introduction to some of the best research and articles to help you understand the pros and cons of video games for children. Click on the links to read original research or summaries.