Why your kid can't turn off a game when you ask

We know that the games on our devices are designed to keep us playing. So is it reasonable to expect children to be able to stop when we say so?

This story first aired in April 2015. 

Kids have been resisting their parents' pleas to "turn off the TV and do your homework" for ages. Children have to learn to exercise some self-control, after all. But is it a different matter when kids are playing games on tablets or phones? Today's casual games are designed to keep your kids - and you - playing again and again.

Dr. Larry Rosen has studied tech use and kids and shares his thoughts. We also hear from Spark listener Coralie Cameron on her experience of kids and games, and from kids themselves on parenting rules around gaming.


To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Become a CBC Member

Join the conversation  Create account

Already have an account?