More Resources for Parents of Gaming Kids
Gaming kids can be the trickiest members of the family to parent. The cyberparenting challenges are more complex—and more constant.
Gaming refers to the hobby of playing computer or video games, including:
- Console games: Wii, PlayStation, PSP, Nintendo
- App games: Angry Birds, Clash of Clans, Fruit Ninja
- Social games: Farmville, CandyCrush
- MMO (Massively Multiplayer): World of Warcraft, Runescape
- And More!
e-Quipped has rounded up some excellent resources to help parents understand game basics and minimise conflict with their gaming kids.
e-Book Guides for Parenting Gaming Kids
The Modern Parents Guide to Kids and Video Games is a down-loadable PDF e-book and a one-stop, must-have guide to everything related to gaming. Whatever you need, it’s there, from setting parental controls on popular devices and consoles to a glossary of gaming terminology.
This short e-book explains the basics of the popular game Minecraft. The basics are explained so you can play with your gaming kids and share their adventures.
Gaming Websites, Apps & Blogs
Every game reviewed by the good people at Family Friendly Gaming gets a score, which is very handy if you’re trying to limit exposure to specific content (e.g., occult themes, drug references, sexualised material, etc.), but also if you’re interested in the quality of graphics, music, and gameplay. This is the digital companion to the magazine, Family Friendly Gaming, the first ever Christian video gaming magazine.
The GamerPops website has reviews of popular video games. It’s a good starting place to see what games are all about. Just type in the name of the game to link to a review.
The serious-sounding ESRB website is full of useful information. The page of tips for parents is particularly useful as is the Family Discussion Guide. You can search the ratings of games if you’re not sure. (NB: this site refers to US ratings. Australian ratings can be found on the Australian Classification website.)
An e-Quipped favourite, Common Sense Media provide up-to-date reviews and info about popular games, apps, books, movies, TV, music and more.
Common Sense Media are so smart. Sometimes, parents need information while they’re out and about. This mobile app gives you access to the wisdom of Common Sense Media where you need it most—at the store when little Gamer Boy is pestering you for a new game. Flick open the app, look up the game, and you’ll find loads of information and ratings to help you make informed purchases for your gaming kids.
Game Time Tickets is a system one mother uses to manage tech time at home. It’s particularly useful for families that have multiple gaming kids and younger children.
This MacWorld article lists the top 147 games for iPhones and iPads as of August 2016. The categories include: Adventure games, board games, card games, etc. While the games aren’t rated for age suitability or content, the list provides a good overview of what’s currently trending.
Television Shows About Gaming
This television program on ABC3 (Australia) is all about gaming. The presenters, Bajo and Hex, have a great following in Australia among young (and not-so-young) gamers. Their reviews will give parents insight into what gaming kids are playing—or wanting to play. Most episodes are linked to the website.
This television show on PBS (USA) is similar to Good Game. The related website gives an overview of gaming, including history, parental tips, a guide to ratings, and more. Here’s a sample of their useful posts:
- Reality Bytes: Eight myths about Video Games Debunked – This blog post addresses some of the concerns about gaming in a balanced way.
Over to You
Have you got a great parenting resource to support gaming kids? Please leave a comment.