A video game is the favourite pastime for children these days. However, if your child spends several hours in a day gaming, then the kid may develop social, psychological and behavioural disorders, warns the regulator of the healthcare sector in Abu Dhabi.

Parents should limit children’s gaming hours to up to two hours per day under supervision. This is the Department of Health—Abu Dhabi (DoH) recommendation to parents, issued recently. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (APP), children below two years should not have any screen time, as overexposure to screens may harm the child’s physical and mental development.

‘Despite the few positive effects associated with gaming such as strategic thinking, problem-solving, their negative consequences far outweigh them,’ says Dr Jamal Al Mutawa Al Naqbi at DoH. ‘Back and wrist pain, eye strain, headaches, stress, sleep disturbances and obesity are among the most common health problems associated with prolonged gameplay.’