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Ask Amy: ‘Best of’ column addresses video gaming

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Amy: My husband and I are both gamers.

We have always had a rule that the kids may not watch or play M-rated games.

We felt that if we let them break this rule, it sets a precedent to break others, such as going to R-rated movies and drinking before age 21.

We limit our time playing these games, and either wait until after they are asleep, or close the door to the room.

The children’s computer is in another part of the house in a high-traffic zone to help keep them away from sites they should avoid.

Since breaking the rules means loss of computer privileges, they are motivated to behave.


Our kids are now teenagers and have been using the computer since they were three years old.

The children have complained that we are keeping them out of the social loop, but we have stuck to our guns, and they have always found alternate games to play.

We have even found several games out there that the whole family finds enjoyable to play.

– Gamer Mom


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