This post originally appeared on Choices.Scholastic.com It’s an exciting time to be a health teacher. Governments around the world are calling for curriculum updates, mindfulness
Good news! In this month’s online journal of Pediatrics, a study was released about the benefits of moderate video gaming for the mental and emotional health of kids. Turns out, kids who play up to an hour a day are more likely to be happier and more empathetic. there is a tipping point, however, and gaming for more than that can have the opposite effect, making kids unhappier and more likely to act out.
Again- like with so many other things that effect our health- the key here is balance. Kids should get the chance to take a break from their every day stressors and play… but with some agreed upon guidelines set in place.
Room for debate! Taiwan bans ipads for kids under the age of two and puts restrictions in place for everyone under 18 – calling for nothing