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Is Your Daughter a Gamer?

Posted by on Jul. 3, 2012 at 1:30 PM
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Surprising Ways Video Games Are Actually Good for Girls

Posted by Jacqueline Burt

girls video gamesOkay, picture a kid playing video games. Bet that imaginary gamer in your mind is a boy, right? Video games and guys so often go hand in hand -- or controller in hand, to be more precise -- that we sometimes forget all about the females out there who love to play, too. But guess what? Not only should we remember that girls like video games, we should actually encourage girls to play them. Seriously! Studies show that girls between the ages of 11 and 16 benefit from playing video games in a whole bunch of ways, including better behavior, a closer connection to family, and a greater sense of mental well-being.

Who knew? Of course, there is a catch (or two). Any old video game played any which way won't do the trick. If you want your girl to reap the positive rewards of video games, keep these tips in mind:

1. Games should be age-appropriate. Meaning, nothing crazy-violent. The good news? Girls show less interest in those types of games anyway.

2. Games should be played WITH a parent. Video games are an especially effective way for dads and daughters to bond, it turns out.

3. Don't go overboard. Stick to the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations regarding screen time: Two hours a day max. (Not a bad rule of thumb for parents, either!)

Everything in moderation, right? Guess girls really do just wanna have fun.

Does your daughter play video games?

Do you play video games with your daughter?

 

by on Jul. 3, 2012 at 1:30 PM
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M4LG5
by Valeri on Jul. 3, 2012 at 1:35 PM

No, not really. She has a couple of games on her DS but rarely plays it.  We have a few games on the Wii but the girls rarely play that too.

TGOLD1
by Member on Jul. 3, 2012 at 1:48 PM

She plays her ds just about every day. On the Wii we play  a lot of games together.


psych_mom
by on Jul. 3, 2012 at 2:13 PM
My DD loves to play video games. She only gets two hours a day. I have always loved video games as well.
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STARRYVONN
by Member on Jul. 3, 2012 at 4:10 PM
Yes (my oldest) gets 2 hrs a day. And does her research to get passes levels. Recently purchased a video game in Japanese (no we don't speak it, its a pretty cool game) she finnished the whole game in 5 days.
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TempestRayne
by on Jul. 3, 2012 at 5:20 PM
My daughter is a minecraft whiz.
auroragold
by on Jul. 4, 2012 at 6:43 AM

why yes she is --- and we made her that way.

DH and I gamed BEFORE her so it made sense that she would want to join in.

Funny thing - the gift she got for her dad for Father's Day was a PS3 game. A SECOND copy of a game they watch each other play (it's a one person game).

She got a second copy so they could play AGAINST each other online!  Now that's love!!


She goes to one playstation and he goes to the other and they do battle.


Better part?  It's an historically educational game!  ♥

Barabell
by Barbara on Jul. 4, 2012 at 12:20 PM


Quoting TempestRayne:

My daughter is a minecraft whiz.

My son likes playing minecraft too.

quartzhillmommi
by on Jul. 4, 2012 at 1:31 PM

i have all 4 boys ages  11, 8, 8, 6. my 11 yr old comes and goes on the gam,es he may stay on them for a few days then get off for a few days

Momchipomkids
by on Jul. 4, 2012 at 5:54 PM

my 10 yr old plays games.  It is fine for relaxing or keeping her busy while I do things but we regulate it.  The kids turn into zombies if they play everyday for hours.  Can't get them to do a thing. LOL   But she really enjoys her brother's game called Mindcraft.  I don't play with her she has no patience for me and goes on my games and plays me up past easy level then I can't play it anyways b/c its too hard.


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