Technology, Video Games

Stick to Game Ratings!

The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) ratings are designed to provide concise and impartial information about the content in computer and video games so consumers, especially parents, can make an informed purchase decision. ESRB ratings have two equal parts: rating symbols suggest age appropriateness for the game and content descriptors indicate elements in a game that may have triggered […]

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Using gaming as a reward

Mom mistake # 3. Using gaming as a reward system. This is perhaps one of the most innocent mistakes; after all it seems so logical. “Do your homework for 30 minutes, then you can play your game.” Seems like a good idea right? It may be time to challenge your reward system. As a mom, you […]

Technology, Video Games

Gaming Is The New Digital Drug

There are POSITIVES and NEGATIVES to gaming. Like medications, moderate use is best. Overuse leads to toxicity. Dr. Doan and Melanie discuss this topic.

Technology, Time Management, Video Games

Technology & Gaming Management for Students

Melanie Hempe, RN and Andrew Doan, MD, PhD discuss these articles: 1) Laptop multitasking hinders classroom learning for both users and nearby peers. 2) LA officials seek fix to $1B program after students crack iPad security, access video games. 3) Gamer Addiction: A Threat To Student Success! What Advisors Need To Know.

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Don’t use gaming as a digital babysitter

Mom Mistake # 2: Don’t use gaming as a digital babysitter. Let’s be honest, video games make great babysitters and you can’t beat the ‘rate’. For little boys it is a pacifier and for bigger boys it is the best babysitter known to man. A game free home is loud and can be messy and […]

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Don’t start too young

Mom Mistake #1: Don’t let your kids start playing too young. Don’t be too amazed at the astonishing computer and gaming skills that your 5 year old possesses; sorry but it is truly not that special! They are called ‘smart devices’ not devices for smart kids. As parents we are so impressed with our children’s […]

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Ex game-cop mom

Are you a game-cop mom?   I was… I hated that job. I was always having to enforce the game rules at our house and no one was happy. It seemed that I was always ‘blowing the whistle’ on too much gaming, not obeying limits and bad attitudes. It was a very unpopular full-time job, […]

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The Joy of a game free home

Welcome to my blog! Do you have a problem with too much gaming at your house? Does your son want to play video games all the time? Doe he always ‘have one more level’ to do before dinner? Do you feel in your gut that something is wrong and you are losing your son? Are […]