I had my daughters first. They did not play video games; they played barbies. Then along came my two boys…
Let the gaming begin. I did not game as a child but my sister and brother did. It was initially foreign to me and so I tried to educate myself on the pros and cons of gaming. I read every article out there on the subject. One article said gaming was better than TV because it requires a higher level of cognitive involvement. Another article talked about the addictiveness of video games. Many articles talked about the violence portrayed in both video games and television.
Too much of anything is not good. Life in moderation is always what I strive for. While I support my neighbors decision to get rid of their one TV that decision wouldn’t be right for my family. My youngest son has ADHD; gaming and television provide him with down time after a long day of focusing in school.
I think as a parent you have to trust your instincts and do what is right for your children. Setting limits and being actively involved in all that they do. We play video games and watch television with our youngest child. We also build legos, color, take walks, cook, read, swim, etc. We also talk, talk, and talk with him. We give him our time. Sometimes our time is spent playing video games with him and sometimes not.