For the study involving over 3,000 children between ages six and eleven, the researchers assessed the association between the amount of time spent playing video games and children's mental health and cognitive and social skills.

"Video game playing is often a collaborative leisure time activity for school-aged children. These results indicate that children who frequently play video games may be socially cohesive with peers and integrated into the school community," said one of the researchers Katherine  Keyes, assistant professor at Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, US.

"We caution against over interpretation, however, as setting limits on screen usage remains an important component of parental responsibility as an overall strategy for student success," Keyes noted.The results were published online in the journal Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology.Results were based on data from the School Children Mental Health Europe project for children aged 6-11.


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