Eleven-year-old Jackson Vacek lives in Texas. Two of his good friends live in Ohio and Illinois. Those states are hundreds of miles away from Jackson. But he still gets to hang out with his pals for a few hours each week. Jackson plays Minecraft with them over the internet. He says it’s a good way to stay connected.
“It’s fun to play with them on the Xbox because it’s not like I can go to their house or anything,” Jackson says.
Many parents, including Jackson’s, allowed their children to spend more time playing video games last year. Parents say that, while much of the U.S. was shut down, gaming let kids escape from the real world. They also said it helped kids keep in touch with friends.
But other people argue that staring at a screen for hours at a time does more harm than good. They point out that playing video games can be bad for kids’ health. Some say gaming can isolate people from family and friends.