Today, almost all children play video games in one form of another (91% to be exact in this particular study). These games are played on computers, game consoles, cell phones, and handheld devices. Everywhere you find children you will also find computer games, and the fascination with electronic entertainments are almost as popular with girls as compared to boys.
Although most parents would be quite happy if their child's computer gaming was limited to educational programs, the reality is that the computer games children play are primarily for pure entertainment, not for education.
Keep in mind that when children play age-appropriate computer games in moderation the research generally indicates that little (if any) harm comes from this.
However, there are some children who play excessively, who refuse to do anything else, and who make gaming the number one priority in their lives. These children may be addicted to computer games and their parents are rightfully worried about this problem (see TechAddiction's huge summary article "Child Video Game Addiction - Facts and Solutions).
For children addicted to computer games, what can parents do to stop the addiction and get their kids back?