Games my kids play
Is gaming as empty-headed as TV? Nope, I don't think so.
Adele Hamilton, Editor Parent24 (Shawn Benjamin)
'Mom, I bowled out Tendulkar!'
There's cricket on TV, but my tween son is engaged in his own battle of wits. With a computer-generated Tendulkar in an electronic game.
And I'm all in favour. It doesn't beat the real thing, out on a field with team-mates and fresh air, but as a way to while away a holiday hour, it's fun and harmless - and it's given him a broader understanding of the vocabulary and strategy of the sport.
When it comes to electronics my sons choose mostly sports or magical role-play games, without the blood, guts or realistic gun-play that give gaming a bad name. And we make sure to balance gaming time with lots of other pursuits.
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Enjoy the rest of the holidays!