Active Video Games no better for kids than others

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Active Video Games no better for kids than others
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Mon, 02-27-2012 - 9:37am

According to a new study out, active video games are no better for kids than any other video games.

"A new study found no differences in physical activity over a three-month period between a group of children given "active" video games that simulated boxing and dancing, for example, and a group given "non-active" video games.

Fitness video games had been tested in laboratory settings, according to the study published online Feb. 27 in the journal Pediatrics, but it was unclear whether games ramped up physical activity at home, where kids can make their own choices about how much and how intensely they want to play." READ This interesting study.

Will these findings get more parents to encourage their kids to go outside and play? Why?

Karla
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Mon, 02-27-2012 - 4:49pm

Do parents encourage active video games as a way to get their children more fit?






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Mon, 02-27-2012 - 8:37pm

lol.

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Tue, 02-28-2012 - 8:29am

I think a lot of parents believe that having active video games are a safe alternative to going out and playing.I know that I bought a Wii for the family hoping that my youngest daughter would do some of the more active games but I know about the only thing she and her friends really get up and move with is DDR. Though once they get started on it, they play for hours. I'd much rather she be out riding her bike or walking but she has so few friends that will even poke their noses outside unless the weather is absolutely perfect.

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Tue, 02-28-2012 - 3:40pm

I can't get the hang of the Wii and hurt my elbow doing it. My son gave me a hard time about having Wii-bow. The other thing I do is press the button way too hard. He tells me I won't go faster by doing that but I still do and have hurt my thumb. I get more injured playing Wii than running!






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Tue, 02-28-2012 - 3:41pm

Honestly? I think it's funny how delusional parents can be.:smileywink:






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Tue, 02-28-2012 - 6:03pm

I used to love playing kickball, kick the can, baseball, and dodgeball out in our cul-de-sac.

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Tue, 02-28-2012 - 6:12pm

I did that when I was younger, too. What great memories! I have to say my kids didn't have that spontaneous hanging out that we did and I don't know why. We never had organized fun. We just headed outside and knocked on each others' doors. My kids had set up play dates and we planned to do something, even if it was as simple as going to the park. And, now they have their activities where they're working out but not just running around and playing. It makes me wonder if we've overorganized kids.






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Wed, 02-29-2012 - 6:45pm

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