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Blurring the Lines Between Types of Media

Parenting has never been easy, but a generation ago it was at least easier to tell exactly what your child was doing on any particular device. The radio and CDs were for listening to music. Atari and Nintendo were for playing games. Phones were for making calls. Technology was simpler then, and rarely did different […]

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The Importance of Gaming Safety

Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (known more commonly as MMORPGs or MMOs) have been around for almost a decade now.  Many parents share mixed feelings about their children spending time in a virtual world.  On one side of the argument is the problem of violence in video games.  Studies have shown that increased violence […]

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Rising Number of Tween Online Gamers

This post originally appeared on http://www.kidsafe.me. Older studies reported that the age of the average online gamer was somewhere in the 40s. But now, the age of the average gamer is 32. What does this mean? It means that tweens are entering the mix – and they’re most likely yours. The overwhelming majority of tweens […]

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Parents’ Guide to Neopets

This post originally appeared on http://www.kidsafe.me. Sort of a Tamagotchi-Pokémon hybrid, Neopets is an online game where players earn and spend virtual Neopoints to customize and care for up to 4 colorful cartoon animals. Neopets launched in 1999 as a gaming site for bored college students, and today there are more teens and adults on […]

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Nintendo 3DS Warning: 3D Harmful to Kids’ Eyes

This post originally appeared on http://www.kidsafe.me The newest Nintendo game console is anticipated to arrive this spring, and it’s pretty different from other gaming systems on the market. Without the aid of glasses, Nintendo claims to create 3-dimensional effects in its new portable 3DS console. But it’s not for kids under 6, Nintendo warns, because […]

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Girl Gamers More At Risk Than Boys

Given the proliferation of teen gamers out there, Yale researchers were curious about what types of behaviors gaming was most often associated with. Out of the 4,028 respondents in the study, 2,064 of them (51.2%) reported playing at least an hour of video games per week. Here’s what they found about those kids. Boys were […]

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