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Product Details

  • Paperback: 191 pages
  • Publisher: Issues Press; 1st edition (June 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930461054
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930461055
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #713,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Obsession with video games has risen to the level of addiction worthy of possible listing as a psychological disorder, according to psychotherapists Cash and McDaniel. They explore the addictive nature of many games and offer assessment tools for parents to determine if the games are presenting a danger to their children. They examine research on the physiological effects of too much gaming, particularly for younger children, as well as negative effects on academic and social skills. Drawing on vignettes from their own practice, they look at various development stages and how children are affected by excessive video-game playing, from console games to group online games and social networks. Each chapter ends with practical advice for parents on setting limits. The final chapter is aimed at families in need of intervention beyond the book. Whether parents think games represent as extreme a danger as do Cash and McDaniel, who cite action taken by the Chinese and Korean governments to curb gaming, they will appreciate the information, including a glossary of computer-game terminology. --Vanessa Bush

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Moderation is key to all things, including video games. "Video Games & Your Kids: How Parents Stay in Control" is a parent's guide to the world of video games for children for their parents. Discussing age appropriateness, how much a parent should allow their children to play video games in general, it also discusses problems children may have already, like existing addictions to online games. "Video Games & Your Kids" is a solid choice for parents of young gamers. --James A. Cox Editor-in-Chief The Midwest Book Review<br /><br />Obsession with video games has risen to the level of addiction worthy of possible listing as a psychological disorder, according to psychotherapists Cash and McDaniel. They explore the addictive nature of many games and offer assessment tools for parents to determine if the games are presenting a danger to their children. They examine research on the physiological effects of too much gaming, particularly for younger children, as well as negative effects on academic and social skills. Drawing on vignettes from their own practice, they look at various development stages and how children are affected by excessive video-game playing, from console games to group online games and social networks. Each chapter ends with practical advice for parents on setting limits. The final chapter is aimed at families in need of intervention beyond the book. Whether parents think games represent as extreme a danger as do Cash and McDaniel, who cite action taken by the Chinese and Korean governments to curb gaming, they will appreciate the information, including a glossary of computer-game terminology. --Vanessa Bush - BOOKLIST

Moderation is key to all things, including video games. "Video Games & Your Kids: How Parents Stay in Control" is a parent's guide to the world of video games for children for their parents. Discussing age appropriateness, how much a parent should allow their children to play video games in general, it also discusses problems children may have already, like existing addictions to online games. "Video Games & Your Kids" is a solid choice for parents of young gamers. --James A. Cox Editor-in-Chief The Midwest Book Review

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I would strongly recommend this book, particularly to parents of young children who are playing video games.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Paul on August 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
I would strongly recommend this book, particularly to parents of young children who are playing video games. It details how gaming can become a serious problem and what steps to take to prevent it from happening. We have a 16 year old who became addicted to a game called World of Warcraft. If not for our own experience, I would have thought that the consequences of too much gaming that the book talks about are exaggerated, however, they are NOT exaggerated, as our child suffers from almost all of them. I wish I had this book 5 years ago. It is the first that I am aware of to address the growing problem of video game addiction.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dori on July 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
I wish this book was available 10 years ago when a whole generation of children were beginning to play video games without guidance and professional advice was just not available.
This book is very well written, and it addresses a topic few people are really aware of : Video games addiction.
The book not only explains the biological and phsychological issues related to this addiction, but it also offers insights and guidelines to parent young children and young adults as well.
I highly recommend this book to any parent raising children in the cyber age.
Thank you to the authors for sharing their professional experties desperately needed for so many parents.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Austin Somlo on June 8, 2011
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I strongly believe that video game addiction is currently one of the biggest threats in America today. It affects people of all ages. Nobody is too young to become hooked to games. And nobody, when heavily engaged in playing games or surfing the internet, is powerful enough to overcome the addiction. Video Games & Your Kids: How Parents Stay in Control is a great book that stays relevant and to the point. I am particularly surprised in several details from the book. One is that research has proven that video games do worsen gamer's intelligence. Two is that kids learning from educational programs tend to learn less words than they would from print. Three is that just because one becomes pretty good in skills in games doesn't translate well in reality, which makes total sense to me. There have been claims that video games do make kids smarter, but I strongly disagree with that. Playing video games as well as being on internet does not use as much of brain muscles as it would be used in simple math computations. Rather, the brain is more stagnated. One obvious reason to it is that a huge number of games is extremely repetitive. Anyone who played Nintendo games will tell you that these games are almost never random; it's always in patterns, and memories will have to be formed. Thus, playing a level has to be done over and over and over until it's perfectly mastered to reach new levels. But is it constructive in a positive way? An experienced gamer myself, I have to say no. I come from the Atari age of early 80's and have been a major part of the NES generation, and I can pretty much say, with certainty, that NES wasn't that addicting back then. Large part of this has to do with how challenging these games were. So, it became pretty easy to be tuned out from it.Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Peter M. Alexander on August 11, 2009
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This is an excellent book. In fact, having looked at many books on the subject of computer gaming and addiction, I believe this is by far the best book on the subject. The authors are internationally recognized specialists in the field and have extensive experience providing counseling and therapy for gaming addicts. The book covers the subject in a thorough and very readable way, it is based on solid science and therapeutic practice, and it has very practical advice. In the age of the Internet, I think every parent should read this book. If you have ANY concerns about your children playing online and other video games, or even about your young children's use of computers and the internet generally, you certainly should read this.

If you do not have any such concerns, then you need all the more to read this book, because you then WILL have concerns, but know what do do about them.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By emily on January 5, 2009
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what a great book! as a psychologist working in an elementary school, i'm amazed at how much time kids spend on video games and internet- and can see just how much this time takes away from pro-social development and increases the very issues they come to therapy to decrease. this book is well organized and provides a great deal of information about how game time can affect children's developing brains and bodies, and how parents can help limit and intervene. thank you to the authors. i hope we have a lot more conversation on his important topic.
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