Video and computer games: effect on children and implications for health education

J Sch Health. 1997 Apr;67(4):133-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1746-1561.1997.tb03432.x.


Video and computer-based games have assumed a prominent role in the culture of American children and adolescents. Given the pervasiveness of their influence, it is likely that these games may affect the health and well-being of children. This paper examines the health effects of these games on children, suggests criteria upon which parents and teachers may evaluate the games, and notes some implications for health educators.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Cardiovascular Physiological Phenomena
  • Child
  • Education
  • Female
  • Health Education / methods*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Seizures / epidemiology
  • Social Behavior Disorders / epidemiology
  • United States / epidemiology
  • Video Games* / adverse effects
  • Video Games* / psychology