If you are a parent or caregiver, you have probably experienced how hard it is to make ends meet.
And even if you’re not a parent, you might not have any idea how much you’re going to have to pay your kids to play games.
The answer is: not much.
That’s according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The agency has determined that there is a “broad range” of what games and other activities are allowed for children.
While a variety of activities are covered, including sports, computer games, art, music, and video games, the CDC found that only “essential activities, such as play and recreation, are covered by the definition of essential activities.”
This means that there are no “fun activities” allowed in the U.S. for children under 18.
“Games are generally allowed at schools, and they are allowed in a variety other places, but they are not generally allowed in schools,” CDC spokesman Michael Thomas told Recode.
There are two primary reasons why games are allowed at school.
First, games are typically used as a way to develop social skills and social connection.
“If you have a group of children playing together and the adults can’t get together, it can be very difficult for the group to stay together and develop,” Thomas said.
In addition, games can provide a social outlet for older children and teens who may not have the same experience as kids under 18, he added.
“In general, we think that games are very beneficial to kids and can be helpful for their learning.”
The CDC also found that “games are a great way for kids to get outside of the home and have fun.”
So, if you don’t think games are fun for your kids, don’t worry.
They’re still allowed, according to CDC guidelines.
The second reason games are legal is because they are considered a form of communication between adults and children.
And because games can also be used to teach children about themselves, they are often viewed as a valuable tool for kids and parents.
“Children who have a wide range of skills, like math, reading, writing, and arithmetic, are particularly important in their social and emotional development,” Thomas explained.
“So it’s a very important part of what we do to help kids learn and to be more empathetic to their peers.”
But don’t let that put you off.
According to the CDC, if your child has any physical, emotional, or behavioral limitations, it is best to make the appropriate adjustments.
If your child is under the age of 18, the agency said you should not restrict your child from using games because of “unanticipated health risks.”
But even if your kids aren’t as physically or emotionally capable, you still should be supportive and try to help them achieve the same level of success.
And if they’re not that good, you can always give them an opportunity to learn a new skill or exercise a new hobby, Thomas said, adding that it is “uncommon” for older kids to become a game master.
In the meantime, the next time you want to have a game, take your time to learn about the game.
And make sure you have plenty of time to play it.