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Dear Keenreaders:

Most of the parents I know seem to vilify video games, but they still
let their teens play those games for hours on end. Do you think maybe
there’s some real value in video games after all?

—Questioning Parent

Dear Questioning:

I do think there’s some value to them.  They certainly tickle the
imagination and increase brain activity in certain developmental areas
of the brain.  Like everything else they probably need to be played in
balance with other things.  There’s an addictive quality to most games
and it’s probably not a good idea to stimulate that too much.  I like
the idea of a kid buying video game time by spending time in other
areas.  I would ALWAYS include physical activity in that.

—Chris Crutcher

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