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Last year, video games eclipsed television as the most profitable and popular form of entertainment in the world. According to a Reuters report, the estimated revenue for the video game industry totaled a whopping $116 billion in 2018. If you have children of any age, odds are some of that revenue came from your household. For the most part, parents today don’t suffer from the “games will rot your brain” thinking that was pervasive a generation ago. Books like Jane McGonigal’s “Reality Is Broken” persuasively argue that games can be beneficial in all types of ways, including improving problem-solving skills and self-confidence. “You [gamers] have not been wasting your time,” she writes. “You have been building up a wealth of virtual experience that can teach you about your true self: what your core strengths are, what really motivates you, and what makes you happiest.” But just as the perceptions of gaming have changed since the days of “Pac-Man” and “Super Mario Bros.,” so have the games themselves. The biggest change in recent years has been the rise of online multiplayer games. Whether your child plays “Madden,”“Fortnite,”“Street Fighter,” or “Splatoon,” they’re probably playing online with friends and strangers. Online gaming presents all sorts of social risks that gamers of the past never had to deal with. And with games being more popular than ever, it’s time that parents gain the tools to help kids navigate this new world. KIDS AND ONLINE GAMING HOW TO KEEP THEM SAFE
Interesting thought: There is a Chinese proverb that says, “A man grows most tired by standing still.” Think about that; I think we are meant to move. When we are stagnant, we start thinking about being tired. When you have something to do and you are focused on doing that task, you may become tired doing it, but it is only once you have stopped that you focus on how tired you are, making it a self-fulfilling prophecy. This is a month of St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. In Savannah, this is a big deal, and I love seeing happy people. If you attend the celebration be careful. This is also a time when most people will take a gamble and drive when they should not be driving. It is not worth it, so take a cab or Uber because the price of being arrested for a DUI or the guilt of hurting someone can be hard to recover from.
Enjoy the beginning of Spring and get out doors.
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