Being the evidence with you

Before parents read this week’s outrageous media panic about minecraft turning their kids into fat, aggressive school drop outs … write this on the kitchen fridge.

“There is no consistent evidentiary basis to show video games are bad for the health and welfare of children”.

One reason for this is a persistent realist assumption that linear use (time spent) is a valid measure. It’s the basis of the body of psychologist arguments and experiments who believe it … and has been spurious ever since it first appeared in the late nineties. But games not being bad doesn’t make sensational headlines.

Too much time playing games makes Jon a lazy, meth head who failed school and now worship guns. They will charge you the price of a new Toyota to brainwash you into believing it, but won’t cure it (cure what?) Or remove a parents natural anxiety over the effects of media.

Just read the fridge. It’s way cheaper and will lead to feeling less scared.

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One thought on “Being the evidence with you

  1. I think it’s important for kids to spend some time outside, playing and being active, each day. Playing video games doesn’t hinder this any more or less than watching TV, chatting on the phone/internet or reading books. It’s up to parents to ensure their kids get time outside for their health and it has been ever thus. Minecraft is awesome :)

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