Posted by: Suzy | 2008/05/30



My son is 9 yrs old and ADD taking 18mg Concerta. He does well at school and enjoys sport. He is, however, hooked on electronic games - the only thing he thinks about. I prohibited playing games and watching TV during the week and allow 2 hours on a Friday and 3 hours (divided throughout the day) on a weekend and school holidays. Is this still too much? What about games that require thinking. Is this also a big NO NO?

He is driving me NUTS!!!!!! every day trying to convince me to allow him to play games. And I must admit I sometimes feel like just giving in to stop the nagging.

How much time spent playing games and watching TV would you recommend?

Thank you for you advice.

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ADHD Expert


Your experience is a common one. Your son is clearly being stimulated in some fashion by the games, the specifics of which are unimportant in my estimation. There is good research from the UK that suggests that TV, computers and PC games are largely responsible for the increasing incidence of ADHD compared to even 10 yrs ago. A sensible recommendation is to limit screen time to an hour a day in all children and to 2 hours a day in adults. It is also important to understand that this cannot be banked (ie 7 hours over the weekend), just as you cannot have 7 glasses of red wine on a Saturday. Please do not give in, these children in particular appreciate knowing where their boundaries are - even if they do continually push them.


Dr Peter Velloza

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Posted by: Another Mom | 2008/06/01

I think you are doing well limiting the time as you are. My son also loves it and also used to nag constantly - until I made the following rule;

1. You know the rule so no asking or commenting about playing outside of playtime.
2. If you do - for every whine - 15min less playtime. Whine about less playtime - loose playtime all together
3. For every 1 week without whining, 30min extra playtime on fri/sat or sun.

Really worked like a charm!!!

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