Today we get to tackle a topic I have wanted to cover for a long time! I get asked about kids and video games, a lot, and have never felt qualified to give a comprehensive answer. Our family has not used video games very much, but I am not fully anti-video game, either. So, I have always wanted to bring someone on who has an educated, balanced approach. Boy did this conversation exceed my expectations!!
Liz Busby, a researcher and writer for the Protect Young Minds website (which is changing its name to “Defend Young Minds”,) a dedicated mom to four, and an enthusiastic gamer 😯 joins us today to talk all about kids and video games! Liz shares the pros and cons of allowing our kids to use video games, precautions to take, resources to turn to, and so much more (including her top recommendations for games families can play together and how they might work in our favor (!)
While I have not changed my overall stance on video games for my own family (less is more – focus on outdoor activities, physical and academic challenges, etc. and use video games “occasionally”) there is no doubt — THIS was a surprising, fascinating, and really fun conversation. I also just might be trying some new games with my family soon!
More articles by Liz…from the Protect Young Minds Website
Can I Play This? – Video Game Decisions Made Easy in 4 Simple Steps.
Gateway to Porn? Sexual Objectification in Video Games
Popular MMO games: Should You Let Your Kids Play? 4 Guidelines to Increase their Safety
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More about Liz…
Liz Busby writes articles about video games and technology for Protect Young Minds, a group dedicated to teaching parents how to protect their kids from pornography. Liz has been a life-long fan of video games and enjoys playing them with her husband and four kids. She just moved from Bellevue, Washington, to Highland, Utah.
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