Do You Have a Video Game Curfew In Your House?

Popular gaming network, PSN, recently announced a curfew for underage players in Korea, in line with a "shutdown law" setting similar curfews for underage players with many of the popular online games. While the American teens aren't suffering from the overlords over at Sony (yet), there are still ways you can restrict the amount of time your child is in front of the screen.

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Use the parental restriction settings. While we all love to think of our children as angels who won't cheat and break rules, it's almost never the case. Using the parental restriction settings on many consoles and gaming devices will break the spirits of your kid and they will give up even trying to cheat the system. Not really. But it is a safeguard that will ensure that the rules of your household is adhered to.

Set time aside for tech-free nights. With many family oriented games out right now, it is easy to get caught up playing games along side your kids. Try focusing on setting time aside to play with your kids while not staring at a screen. Take out those dusty old board games, maybe you can impress your kids on how much fun they can have without controlling characters through a joystick.

Lead by example. Adults can get into games just as much as teenagers do. It is important stick to your own rules, what you do directly affects how your kids perceive things. If they are watching you play video games during "off limit" hours, they will believe it's okay to break the rules.

Limit their time. Kids (and adults) love to fudge on how much time they've been enjoying while playing games. Keep the arguments to a limit by setting an exact time limit with something like the GameDR Universal Video Game Timer. It could be the best $11 you've ever spent if you've got someone who likes to fudge/fib how long they've been playing.

Video game addiction is a very real thing, and the associated risk with inactivity could be deadly. What are some of your tips for keeping your love for gaming in check? Let us know in the comments below!

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