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Violence and Video Games: The Real Facts

Violence and Video Games: The Real Facts

It seems any discussion of families, kids and video games always includes at least a mention of the impact of “violence in video games.” On one side, entities in support of regulating and restricting games based on violent content often point to research that says that video games, without a doubt, lead to increased aggressive behavior as well as other negative consequences, just as other forms of violent media do. On the other hand, advocates that consider...

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Video Games: Positive Benefits for Kids

Video Games: Positive Benefits for Kids

Often the video games that get the most attention are the most sensational, shocking and often violent games, but they’re not really representative of what all videogames are like.  In fact, most video games do have quite a few redeeming qualities.  Many games can and do have benefits for players, and in a number of different and sometimes surprising ways. EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS FOR KIDS A recent study from the Education Development Center on the Ready To Learn...

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Video Game is Not a Bad Word

Video Game is Not a Bad Word

It used to happen all the time. I’d be at a party or other social setting with my wife, an attorney who advocates for the rights of foster youth, and the conversation inevitably would turn to our careers. And what do you, Johner? “I work in the video game industry.” I would always get one of two reactions to the v-word. Every so often I’d see a twinkle in the husband’s eye (or sometimes the wife’s), and they’d immediately want to know if I could tell...

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Games for Girls: Best Picks for All Ages

Games for Girls: Best Picks for All Ages

Although playing videogames is often characterized as a hobby for young males, the truth is that girls of all ages play videogames as much as boys. I recently talked to 10 different girls, each a different age, to find out their favorite games. Their comments shed light on some key ideas to consider for anyone looking to buy games for their daughters, nieces or any young girl. Girls Are Looking For Connection And Dream Fulfillment – One thing that many of the...

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Playing Games Together: A Parent’s Guide

Playing Games Together: A Parent’s Guide

In new running series The Family Perspective, FamilyFriendlyVideoGames.com founder Johner Riehl takes a closer look at important and noteworthy issues that relate to families and video games. Over the coming weeks, we’ll examine research and topics from a family gaming point-of-view to dig deeper into issues and research that parents should be aware of, promote healthy gaming habits and highlight positive impacts of video games as part of family...

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