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My 17-Year-Old is Addicted to Video Games!

Dear AdviceMama, Our family is trapped in video game hell. My son is 17, and the gaming is out of control. It has ruined our relationship, turning him into someone I don't even know who uses language that I can't believe is coming from him....
I've long believed that we don't understand how addictive video games can be to some people.

UPDATE: Calif. Can't Ban Violent Video Game Sales

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court says California cannot ban the rental or sale of violent video games to children.
The high court agreed Monday with a federal court's decision to throw out California's ban on the...
Is it unconstitutional to ban the sale or rental of ultraviolent video games to children?

Video Games Make Kids Fat? Well, Yes and No

Playing interactive video games helps kids stay fit. Credit: Getty Images
Playing video games makes kids fat.
So say researchers at the Eastern Ontario Research Institute in Canada who ... ZAP! Oops, those guys just got vaporized...
Studies offer two different views on video games and obesity. But are they really that different?

Paging Dr. Buzzkill: Playing Video Games Can Mess Up Your Wrists

This looks fun, but your wrists may suffer. Credit: Getty Images
What? You think you can save the world from alien mutant freaks without a little bit of personal discomfort?
If you're not prepared to take the risk, put down the...
Researchers link pain in fingers and wrists to video games.

Parents Are the Ultimate Video Game Controller

If you have a child between the ages of 3 and 17, chances are there is some video game playing going on in your house. And, these days, it's more likely than ever that most of you parents are gamers, as well. A whole generation has now grown...Use rating tools -- and your own judgment -- to determine which games are appropriate for your kids.

What's Better for Kids: Computers, TV or Video Games?

How does a parent choose which media to allow their kids to spend time with? Credit: Getty Images It's a daily dilemma: If you allow a certain amount of screen time per day -- whether it's TV, the computer or a video game -- which one...Whether it's TV, video games or websites, a screen is a screen is a screen.

Video Gamers: The Overeating Defenders of the Universe

Killing aliens makes a kid hungry. Credit: Corbis
Space aliens have invaded Earth, demanding we have their dress shirts cleaned and pressed by Tuesday or face the consequences.
Now, the only thing that stands between humanity and an...
Research finds gamers pack away the pounds while blowing away the aliens.

Gaming and Your Kids

Kids love getting their game on. Credit: Getty Images Never before have kids spent so much time (and money) gaming. Some gaming encourages creativity in wonderful ways -- using music and art -- while other gaming can help deepen a...How do you know if video games are OK for your kids to play?

Computer and Video Games Make My Boys Forget Homework and Even Dinner!

Dear AdviceMama, Once my sons are on the computer or video game, I can't get them to come to dinner or do their homework. They say they aren't hungry, or that they have to use the computer to do their homework. What can I do? Signed,...
Can't get your kids to unplug? Take a look at your own tech behavior.

It's Easier for Kids to Get Inappropriate Music Than Video Games, FTC Says

Its much easier for kids access inappropriate music than video games. Credit: Getty Images Hey, kids, if you enjoy tapping your toes to the latest tunes about killing prostitutes and busting a cap in some fellow's (bleep), there's good...Stick to your violent, obscene and sociopathic music. We adults have some standards.

Violent Video Games Affect Kids' Ability to Sympathize With Others, Study Shows

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Children who play violent video games have weakened abilities to develop empathy and sympathy for others, a new study says. Credit: AP You know how it is. You kill enough people and, eventually,...
Killing people apparently has consequences, even on a computer screen.

Beyond Angry Birds: More App Games Your Kids Will Love

At this week's BAFTA Video Game Awards (that's the British Academy of Film and Television Arts), the trophy for best hand-held game went to "Cut the Rope," an iPhone app. It was a first. And it goes a long way toward showing what a phenomenon app...Sure, everyone knows "Angry Birds," but these apps are worth a download, too!

Girls Who Play Video Games With Mom and Dad Are Better Behaved, Study Shows

Go ahead and play video games with your daughter -- she may be better off for it. Credit: Getty Can't wrestle the video game controller out of your teenage daughter's hands? Instead of stressing, just say game on, and join her. ...Girls who play video games with their parents are generally better behaved than those who play solo or not at all.

Video Games Can Cause Mental Health Problems, Study Finds

Video games may be affecting your relationship with your kid. Credit: Stockdisc, Getty Images Although most kids don't become addicted to video games, you may still want to keep a sharp eye on your child's gaming habits. A study...Pathological gamers tend to be more impulsive, have lower social competence and are less empathic.

'Disney Epic Mickey' Revives an Icon and Takes Video Game Storytelling to a New Level

Mickey Mouse meets his ancestors in the "Disney Epic Mickey" game. Credit: Disney Interactive Studios
"Disney Epic Mickey" (for Nintendo Wii, $39.99) Mickey Mouse may be the world's most recognizable cartoon character, but when was the last...
Mickey Mouse may be the world's most recognizable cartoon character, but when was the last time you thought of the guy as a hero?

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