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A lighthearted, informative guide to what screen-time, gaming and gadgets are doing to children, for parents who’d rather lock it all in a cupboard.
Video games instil amazing qualities in children. They spark curiosity and thankfulness with beautiful interactive landscapes. They nurture compassion and courage through adrenaline adventures played through other people’s eyes. They plant seeds of resilience and patience with their challenging quests and puzzles. They invite reflection and questioning with evolving stories of the unexpected.
But with the NSPCC warning of Fortnite child-predators, the American Psychological Association citing games as a risk factor for violent behavior and the World Health Organisation naming gaming disorder as a clinically significant syndrome, parents are increasingly worried by what video games are doing to their children. Those potential benefits are lost amongst arguments, not stopping when asked, spiraling screen time, altered behaviour and escalating costs.
Taming Gaming is an unflinching look at the impact of gaming on family life by journalist and parent Andy Robertson, drawn from years of covering this topic for newspapers, radio and TV. It compiles the latest research and advice from psychologists, industry experts, parents, schools and children’s charities.
Discover what really happens when a child plays a video game. Face fears about screen time and start steering your child’s gaming from violence, expense and addiction towards fulfilling, connecting, affordable experiences.
You don’t need to be a gamer, or want to play games but to guide your child to gaming health you need to understand the actual benefits and dangers of gaming rather than the worrying headlines and reactionary news.
This book sets the bar high for your child’s video game health, with insights from the latest video game research. It helps you tame the games your child plays, by equipping you to make informed decisions, engage in this area of life and guide their gaming diet.
The second half of the book offers simple to follow, tried and tested Family Gaming Recipes. They are a super easy way to discover games that are beneficial rather than stressful for your family.
Each beautifully laid out recipe tells you everything you need to know with jargon-free instructions that take the guesswork out of gaming together. Accessing this broad diet of cutting edge games your children will love, enables you to help them navigate this unavoidable part of life.
Andy Robertson has seen this approach make a big difference in many families, with his own children, other families he’s worked with on his YouTube channel FamilyGamerTV (link: https://www.youtube.com/user/FamilyGamerTV) and in mainstream media like The One Show. In a matter of weeks, parents have gone from stress and arguments to a healthy varied diet of gaming and other activity.
About the Book
Royal hardback with head and tail bands
Approximately 240 pages
Full colour illustrated throughout with photographs, screenshots and more.
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