What do our kids think about video games in terms of fostering connectedness? And what ideas do they have about how a game can address helping people improve their lives? Today I look at some of the upsides of video games.Read More
Last week Prince Harry publicly shared his major concern with video gaming and Fortnite in particular. He spoke about having friends who are struggling with their children over the game.Read More
eSports, defined as competitive tournaments of video gaming, often by professionals, is popping up in arenas and gaming stadiums around the country.Read More
What happens when you have an active, involved kid with good grades, who wants to play video games for three straight hours a day, every day? 3 experts weigh in.Read More
Fortnite is the latest video game grabbing youth’s attention. Today I offer some ways to help open a conversation with your kid about it and how to figure out how much time playing this game is too much.Read More
Children take in all kinds of media and messaging with little skill on how to make sense of it. Media literacy can be taught and I have some tools to help.Read More
Does your kid freak out when screen time is up? Intense reactions to turning off video games are becoming too common. I have some suggestions on how to handle these situations.Read More
Remember Andrew from Screenagers? The college student who struggled with an addiction to video gaming. We recently checked in with him to find out how he has been and what he is up to today.Read More
I just returned from Australia where I was rolling out Screenagers. All over the country, I heard exactly the same questions and concerns I’ve heard in the U.S. and in other countries: Why are we so glued to our devices and what is excessive screen time? A new book called Irresistible by Adam Alter looks at why everyone seems to be is so entranced by screens.Read More
Many people use the word “addiction” casually to describe something they do often and somewhat compulsively. Clinical addiction is a different, much more serious, matter.Read More
How much time do you, the adult, spend on screens? This week Common Sense Media (CSM) released the results of a survey of 1800 parents that found that parents spend 7.5 hours a day of non-work time on screens, and 1.5 hours a day of work-related screen time.Read More
Tech Talk Tuesday #24
How is this game different than all the other games you do?
Pokémon GO is has taken the country by storm, and it's not just kids, adults are playing too. According SurveyMonkey, Pokémon Go has become the biggest mobile game in the history of the US. The app now has more than 21 million daily active users, which surpassed the very popular game Candy Crush when it was at its height in 2013.Read More
Tech Talk Tuesday #12
How has technology changed since you were a kid?
When I was a kid, screen and phone time existed, and kids and parents had conflicts over them. We played games, got our entertainment, gossiped with friends, and relied on technology and devices to do it. So how different was it?Read More
Tech Talk Tuesday #7
How do you feel about violent video games?
When I was a kid I used to play Pong and Pac-Man. The world is very different now. For today's Tech Talk Tuesday share with your kids what you played. Ask them about their favorite games and what they like about those games. Then, ask them whether they know about any games that are focused on helping people. If so, what are they? If your child were to design a game, what would it look like? We'd love to hear their ideas.Read More
Research on teen media points to a clear divide between boys and girls. Girls like to relate and boys like to shoot guns, crash cars and blow things up. In the digital world, this means girls spend more time on social media and boys spend more time on video games. A recent report from Pew Research, 91 percent of boys have a video game console. A recent New York TImes article references surveys that found