Child’s play: gaming with your kids

Later Levels

My brother and I were introduced to video games as kids by our dad. But after the Commodore 64 and NES were no longer a novelty, the frequency with which he actually played with us started to reduce. He still showed an interest in what we were doing but he’d often let us play by ourselves, huddled around a screen in the dining room or hiding in my brother’s bedroom.

I’m not sure this is possible nowadays. Video games of some kind are often a child’s first introduction to technology, and everything is increasingly becoming online and electronically mediated. It’s therefore up to parents to guide their kids through the virtual world safely and help them understand how technology can be used responsibly – and this includes gaming. Playing with them is the only way to truly understand what they’re getting up to, how they interact with media and…

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