Playing computer games with your children can be just as valuable as reading to them, an expert claims. ... Jeffrey Brand*, head of media and communications at Bond University ... likens concerns over the effect of computer games to 19th century fears that reading novels was bad for children because it would stop them from playing outdoors. ... And he believes it's only a matter of time before there is a "canon" of classic computer games, just as there is a literary canon of classics by great writers such as Shakespeare, Austen and Dickens.(For 2010's 'computer games' read today's more correct 'hand-held devices'.)
Tech consultants won't tell you, for example, that excessive screen use transforms your child's brain structure, which can result in issues with emotional processing, executive attention, decision making, and cognitive control. They won't tell you that it also may result in a myriad of psychological and physical problems. They won't tell you that four or more hours of daily screen time is associated with a full grade-level drop in average GPA. And they surely won't tell you that many kids now are getting that four hours without ever having to leave their classroom. They won't tell you because they want to close the sale. ... Caveat emptor, parents.*Jeffrey Brand consults to this industry body.