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"PressConnects" featured Dyson Professor Jennifer Powell-Lunder in "Hang up the game controller: How to press pause on 'Fortnite' as the school year begins"

09/07/2018

"PressConnects" featured Dyson Professor Jennifer Powell-Lunder in "Hang up the game controller: How to press pause on 'Fortnite' as the school year begins"

How to limit game play

Jennifer Powell-Lunder, an adjunct professor in graduate psychology at Pace University and a clinical psychologist working with tweens, teens and young adults, specializes in social media and technology. Many of her patients — across all ages — play Fortnite. But, what if excessive game play interrupts a child's life? Here are five tips from Powell-Lunder on how to limit Fortnite usage. 

*Set limits. Children need limits and look to their parents to teach them how to set them.

*Work with children when setting limits. For some kids, it's helpful to take a break after school and play a game or two. For others, they might work better doing homework immediately after school and play games in the evening. Ask them what works best.

*Use Fortnite's structure to set limits. Since there is a finite number of time in each game, instruct them to hang up the controller after they finish a certain number of games.

*For kids who are impulsive, shut down the modem or take away the controller altogether. This may prevent children from sneaking out to play the game late into the evening.

*Make it clear that there are consequences if the rules are broken. If a child is playing the game when they are instructed not to, use consequences.

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