We can’t help children manage their screen time unless we understand what makes it attractive to them. So I decided to interview a real kid—my articulate 11-year-old grandson, Kaylor. Over the Thanksgiving holiday I questioned him about what makes video games so fascinating. The answers I got make a lot of sense. No wonder young people spend hours at a time playing them. They give them a world that we may not provide in real life.
Ellen Toronto is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Spring, Texas and has been practicing since 1980. In 2017, she was elected a Fellow in Psychoanalysis by the American Psychological Association. In 2016, Dr. Toronto's practice was recognized as one of the top Ann Arbor Psychology practices. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Michigan. Dr. Toronto is married to Robert Toronto, Ph.D., and together they have four sons and eleven grandchildren.