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Raising a Healthy Gamer

by on Jul.01, 2009, under gaming, IRL

Video games seem to have such a bad rep when it comes to kids. There has always been a lot of a lot of controversy over ESRB ratings, violence, language, and addiction. Most of that friction comes from parents who have no experience with gaming, have no interest in gaming, or has a child who they think is addicted to gaming. Parents who take the time to understand gaming and its effects are much more prepared to help their kids have a good experience and probably learn something from gaming. Yes, you can learn a thing or two from gaming. This quote is pretty powerful and sums up my response to any parent who opposes video games for their kids.

What was ultimately reinforced for me is a simple truth that all the legislation and media hand-wringing often misses: if a parent isn't doing their job, then no law will fix that. Don't worry about understanding the newest study or crunching numbers on the latest gaming statistics: if your gut says your child isn't old enough for a game, or that they're playing too much, listen to it.

Hit up the link for a great article:
Raising a healthy gamer: seven tips for parents - [Ars Technica]

Thanks to txshurricane for the article!

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