While many virtual reality headsets come with age restrictions or recommendations, science lacks adequate research to determine with confidence the risks associated with children’s use of the technology. However, research on brain development and vision effects from virtual reality exposure do suggest that children may be more likely to suffer from VR overuse or misuse. Marientina Gotsis, director of the Creative Media & Behavioral Health Center at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, reports, “. . . prolonged exposure with improperly fitted devices could incur damage.” Also, she indicates the potential danger regarding vision stems from children not being able to “communicate eyestrain” or not knowing when to remove the VR headset when feeling discomfort. The active role of parents in supervising and communicating with their children during VR headset use remains the best way to prevent the adverse affects of the immersive experience.
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