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Virtual reality's health risks for all ages can include the physical and the psychological

Children can be especially vulnerable, mentally and physically

CNN  — 

Is the magical world of virtual reality arriving in your home this holiday season?

You’re not alone. Statistics show that more than a million VR headsets were shipped during the third quarter of 2017. That number is expected to rise rapidly in 2018 as more manufacturers enter the market.

But before you or your children try out your shiny new VR gadgets, be sure you’re fully aware of the potential health risks of this technology.

Clear the playing field

A quick glance at the safety warnings for the major manufacturers in this space makes it clear: Playing VR without supervision and in a crowded space is risky business.

“While wearing the product’s headset you are blind to the world around you,” says the