It is not a clear-cut answer. It is easy to either praise or demonize them. A sober reflection is needed to decide whether a video console is right for the family and if it is consistent with the values that parents want to instil in their children.
Violent video games: What's a parent to do?
Despite the poor video quality of the interview, the ideas are very helpful for making decisions about violent videogames.
Video game addiction
Educational Psychologist, Jane Healy, PhD, explains the increasing understanding of how children can become addicted to video games and offers advice for parents on how to avoid this.