Because of the time required to practice and compete at the top level of esports, some have suggested that it is not a healthy thing for a young person to be involved in. Players will need to spend many hours at a screen if they are going to be the best in a particular game.
Importance of setting healthy boundaries
While it is important that healthy boundaries are kept around practice, and that younger players are physically exercising, taking part in family life and completing schoolwork, there’s nothing to suggest that a long amount of time practising an activity like this is bad for them.
The best esports players may spend a lot of time playing at a screen but are also disciplined and structured in this activity. They will exercise and look after their body as well as take regular breaks and look after their mental health.
This aspect of competitive gaming is something that parents and carers can help children understand and establish a healthy balance between their passion and other parts of life.
How can I help my child take part?
Like with premiership football, many children will want to become esports superstars. Of course, the number of success stories will be small compared to the number of hopeful kids. Parents and carers can help children keep these aspirations in perspective while also encouraging ambition.