Wednesday, July 24, 2013

10 Most Violent Video Games (and 10+ Alternatives)

Ultra-violent video games get a lot of attention --but there are plenty of less-violent alternatives that kids will enjoy playing just as much (if not more).
Among teen and preteen gamers, the names of violent video games travel fast. And before you know anything about these games, your kid wants to play them. It's difficult to stay on top of it -- and it's even harder to know exactly what's in a game in order to make an informed decision about whether or not to buy it.

"Ultra-violent video games, negatives outweigh any positives"

Of course, many video games can provide enriching experiences and learning opportunities. But with ultra-violent video games, the negatives clearly outweigh any positives for kids. (Read Media and Violence: An Analysis of Current Research for an assessment of the studies measuring the effects of media violence on kids.) Complicating the issue is that many ultra-violent video games are actually technically superb -- which is why many games that we label "not for kids" receive five stars for quality on Common Sense Media.


article by Jinny Gudmundsen
Executive Editor, Video Games | Mom of two

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

What Makes Boys Different ?

After numerous, harrowing experiences babysitting little boys, a friend recalled saying to God, "  You know Lord, I don't think I want kids. And I especially don't want boys! " But as you may know, God has a sense of humor, and this young lady not only had seven kids, but six of them were male!

Being a mother to six boys, my friend became well acquainted with messy rooms, muddy shoes, smelly clothes, wrestling tournaments in the house, stupid pranks, dumber stunts, holes in the drywall, fiery tempers, and stubborn wills. In the process of raising a pack of wild boys into mature and responsible men, this mom discovered that God had changed her heart considerably. Where once she could not imagine coping with a house full of adolescent men, she found that she loved being a mother to these boys, despite the challenges. Watching them develop, she had a front row seat to the unique challenges and obstacles that men face in today's world. Over the years, my friend gained a deep appreciation for the work that goes into training a boy to be a man.

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Friday, July 5, 2013

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Teen Violence, are you at risk?

1 in 5 female high school students reports being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner. Abused girls are significantly more likely to get involved in other risky behaviors. They are 4 to 6 times more likely to get pregnant and 8 to 9 times more likely to have tried to commit suicide.
On the average, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends, every day.