Why Videogames Are Good for Girls
We’ve had plenty of discussions on the blog about exposing kids to screen time (TV, videogames and mobile phones).
A new study, though, found that videogames can have benefits for teen girls–as long as they play with their parents.
The research found that girls ages 11 to 16 years old who played videogames with a parent behaved better, felt more connected to their families and had better mental health than girls who played with friends or on their own. The study, by researchers at Brigham Young University’s School of Family Life, and published today in the Journal of Adolescent Health, examined 287 families with teens.
It’s tough for many parents to connect with their teenagers, who sometimes view the other as an alien life form. Maybe bonding over videogames, at least for teen girls, is the way to go.