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Kim Overdeck, mother and physician at Virginia Hospital Center, from McLean:
"We are, for better or for worse, moving into more of a technological society where the kids are going to be expected to be computer savvy, and know how to deal with all of the new technology. And there’s a fine line between not getting enough, to the point where they’re not facile with it, like their peers. In our house we have a rule that my son gets a half hour of video games in the afternoon, after he’s done his homework (I have an 8 year old that this mostly pertains to); and then on the weekends he can play a little bit more. But it’s hard to keep it in check."

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