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Video Games & Your Kids: How Parents Stay in Control Paperback – June 30, 2008
"Your Kid's a Brat and It's All Your Fault"
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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
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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 the brain as in simple math computations. Rather, the brain becomes stagnated. One obvious reason to it is that a huge number of games are extremely repetitive. Anyone who has played Nintendo games will tell you that these games are almost never random; it's always in patterns, and memories 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 ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
All parents should read this and be aware of the dangers posed by the Internet on our youth.Published 3 months ago by Hal Shearer
For many reasons this book irked me when i read it. It seems to approach video game overuse as an addiction rather than a symptom of another issues, its very dated and in many ways... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Kwad
The idea of video game addiction is counterproductive in the vast majority of cases I've seen. Video games are escapism, for sure, but by demonizing them as addictive, a parent can... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Prop
I found this book helpful in developing healthy life/gaming balance for my teenage son. It may not work for everyone but for my son and I it did.Published on February 27, 2013 by Ticki Tico
This is an excellent book and a very quick read about a gigantic epidemic which is largely ignored. Our kids are in serious jeopardy. Read morePublished on August 29, 2010 by T.willy
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... Read morePublished on February 9, 2009 by Midwest Book Review
Parents with children playing video games need to read this book. It has some very important information not only for childred but adults also. A very good book.Published on January 18, 2009 by Kindle Customer