Contrary to what parents have heard about videogames, a UK study that followed the videogame play and TV viewing of more than 11,000 children for three years found that “exposure to videogames had no effect on [their] behavior, attention or emotional issues,” reports New York-based GamesandLearning.org. The story was a little different with TV viewing, […]
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Parents of console gamers, did you already know this? The Xbox 360 devotees at your house may be switching loyalties for the first time in a long time – to the new PlayStation 4. I knew Sony’s system was popular in other parts of the world, but Xbox ruled among a lot of young gamers […]
Rarely do we hear stories about how playing in digital environments in school – much less playing a popular videogame not originally designed for school – can be life-changing in a good way. So here’s one (names in the story have been changed to protect everybody’s privacy): For four years, starting in 2008, when he […]
Reporters and reviewers write about Minecraft as if it’s just like any other videogame. Even this highly readable piece about its creator (Markus Persson, aka “Notch”) and its parent company (Mojang) by Harry McCracken in Time magazine doesn’t cover what makes it different from other games specifically for its kid (and parent) players. But he […]
What an interesting point and counterpoint about videogames have been turned up by two just-released studies, one from Northwestern University in the US and one by University of Victoria in Canada: On the one hand: “Parents assess video games more negatively than television, computers, and mobile devices. More parents rate video games as having a […]
This was good to see: What looked like a truly anti-social media company, game developer Square Enix, saw irresponsibility for what it was and quickly reversed a stupid marketing decision. I’d like to take it as a sign that – in this very social media environment where users are co-producers with the providers of their […]
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s tribute to Sean Smith – dad, online gamer, and Benghazi-based State Department computer expert – was “nothing compared to the memorials that were offered up by many of the 400,000 paying subscribers” of the space fantasy game EVE Online,” Tri-CityHerald.com reports. It said the memorials “flooded social media and gaming […]
Xbox 360 has robust parental controls for the Kinect and all videogaming and media viewing on its platform.
To parent, educator, and graduate student Seann Dikkers, videogaming is a great parenting, teaching, and learning tool.
A dad writes about his experiences with a smart kid’s workaround, parenting gamers, and Xbox parental controls present and future.