Parenting Expert: Video Games Totes Good For Kids!
It might please those of you annoyed by the constant drumbeat of GAMING IS KILLING OUR KIDS YOU GUYS that not everyone with an audience thinks it’s so. Noted parenting expert Scott Steinberg, best known for penning the Modern Parent’s Guide series, has a new book in the series out – The Modern Parents Guide to Kids and Video Games – and surprise surprise, it largely comes out in favor of the dreaded video games that are supposedly ruining the youth of America.
After a perfunctory acknowledgement that the decline of physical activity in favor of electronic means of entertainment might be cause for concern (we agree!), he says “the truth that audiences seldom hear is that the vast majority of software titles are perfectly safe and fun for families, and capable of impacting them in positive ways.” And rather than trying to scare the hell out of parents, the new book offers them tips on topics like picking the right video games for your kids to play, use of parental controls and video game ratings, setting house rules and limits, and addressing concerns about online safety and virtual violence. Shockingly, this seems to suggest it’s the parents job to determine what’s best for their kid and gradually bring them into adulthood, rather than forcing the rest of us to babyproof the world.
If you’re a parent and this sounds interesting, the book is available for free download.