As computer games become more prevalent at home and schools, parents and educators are concerned about the possible impact on young students. Exploring whether computer games help or damage children's study habits is one area of growing research.
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Many studies suggest that computer games have a generally negative impact on a child's study habits. Some possible problems include less time spent on homework, less interest in reading and earning lower grades in school. All these issues contribute to poor study habits.
Studies suggest that computer games with violence, criminal behaviour or offensive themes can increase negative behaviour in children. Research also shows that when parents place time limits on game play, children develop fewer behavioural issues. Time limits and age-appropriate games can reduce the chance of negative study habits.
Parents and educators need to review computer games carefully. The Entertainment Software Rating Board, or ESRB, releases ratings that are visible on a game's packaging or online reviews. Talking with children about boundaries, time limits and appropriate content helps the child develop responsibility and maintain good study habits.
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