Vital Care PT - August 2018




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Vital Care Patients ENTER TO WIN Find the misspelled word in this newsletter and call (623) 544-0300 for your chance to win a $10 gift card! CALL (623) 544-0300 Contest is for past and present Vital Care PT patients only. My son developed a bit of a video game problem last year. I’m not going to go on a full attack against video games because there are plenty of healthy aspects to them, but I did see a change in Dylan the more he played. Whenever he played for an extended period, his personality changed. He got very moody if I From the age of 5, my kids were desperate for their own cell phones. Why wouldn’t they be? After all, everyone else has one. But as a parent in modern society, it’s pivotal to have perspective on how digital devices fit in with the ever-growing complications of a child’s life. On a fundamental level, cell phones can be incredibly useful. You can check on your kids while they walk home from school. You can make sure they were picked up from sports practice in a carpool. But as with any good thing, cell phone use can easily become excessive if you let it.

asked him to stop. Eventually, it started factoring into his school work. His grades began to drop because he became uninterested. He found it more important to play video games than to study for a test or do homework. His A’s quickly fell to C’s, so we had to impose more restrictions. He is no longer allowed to play video games on school days at all. He is only allowed to participate on the weekends after his checklist of chores is done.

When it comes to my daughter’s use of digital devices, the threat is slightly different. Skyla loves and makes a lot of videos. The same goes for Snapchat and FaceTime. My daughter doesn’t show any change in personality or obsessive traits while using these apps, but when kids are active in networks outside of your understanding, it’s essential to monitor their activity. I have an eye on who her friends are in these apps, and I make sure she’s not using social networking irresponsibly.

solve problems in the digital world, the more they can use those skills in the real world. I know that keeping my children from interacting with others on any digital platform with others would be more of a detriment than an advantage. Moderation is the key to making my family work in unison within a digital world. Skyla and Dylan know there is a certain time when video games, phones, and tablets aren’t appropriate. They also know that using these devices all day every day is not healthy — not because of the medium, but because doing any single activity for an extended period of time removes balance from your life. Exercising for eight hours is as detrimental as playing video games for the same period. All of this isn’t to say you should live your life rigidly by these rules. Everyone’s kids are different, and every parent has a unique solution in their home. This is just how we go about it in the McWhorter household. How do you? –Andrea McWhorter

“Without boundaries, digital devices can have a damaging effect on children.”

Without boundaries, digital devices can have a damaging effect on children. However, there are a lot of benefits. Kids with ADHD can benefit from games like Minecraft. It challenges the brain and helps them focus their attention on a creative outlet. Video games present complex scenarios for kids, and the more they learn to | 1

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