Video Games & Your Kids
Hilarie Cash, PhD and Kim McDaniel, MA
|Video Games & Your Kids: How Parents Stay in Control
Hilarie Cash and Kim McDaniel
Trade Paper, 191 pages
Published by Issues Press
Publication date: 2008
|Video Games & Your Kids is for parents who are worried that their children may be spending too much time playing video games. Based on research and the authors’ clinical experience, the book explains what gaming addiction is, how much gaming is too much, and the affects gaming has on the body and brain. The authors give gaming advice on each stage of life; birth-2 years, ages 2-6, elementary school years, adolescence, and adult children still living at home. Where there is a problem, the authors provide parents with tools that will help the parents successfully set appropriate limits for their children. It also explains the need to consult with professionals and use the process of formal interventions when the addiction is so severe that the parents are no longer able to manage the situation.... (Buy the paperback) (Buy the e-book)|
Hilarie Cash, PhD has been a psychotherapist since 1981. When she moved to Seattle with her family in 1993, she developed and interest in the emerging problem of internet addiction, co-founding Internet/Computer Addiction Services in 1998. Her son's love of video games, and the clients she saw, convinced her of the profoundly addictive nature of this form of entertainment. She provides individual, family, and group therapy to game addicts, as well as writing and lecturing on the subject. Contact Hilarie Cash at Internet / Computer Addiction Services.|
Kim McDaniel is a devoted parent and wife and has been a professional counselor for the past nineteen years. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a BA degree in psychology from California State University, Northridge and a MA degree from Pepperdine University. She has provided clinical services to children and adolescents at several residential and hospital facilities. Presently, Mrs. McDaniel's practice is focused on providing psychological services to families, adolescents, and children. Contact Kim McDaniel at Family Counseling and Wellness Services.
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Carrie: I am joined this week by Kim McDaniel, coauthor of Video Games and Your Kids: How Parents Stay in Control. First I have to say that I think the book is fantastic. It should be required reading.
Kim: Thank you.
C: It’s a wonderful book. As we were chatting before, this is a topic that I feel strongly about. I’m so glad that you and Hilary Cash, with whom you wrote the book, put this information together in one easy volume so that parents can look at the research, and look at the science and the data, and make good choices about video games and their kids. read more...
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Like many parents, I'm concerned about my kids not spending too much time in front of a screen. Whether that screen is television, computer, or video games matters little. One reason for this is because I have seen how screen time interferes with other, more important activities. Activities like reading, spending time with family, helping around the house, even daydreaming. read more...
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