Earlier this month we were invited to attend The Activision Family Game Summit. Being that we’ve become a gaming family I felt it was important to attend as a family. I needed us to hear from other parents about the rating system as well as what new games would be coming out that would be of interest to our family.
Soleil Moon Frye was the host not only is she in actress author and mom but she is currently Target’s Mombassador! How cool is that!
As a mom of little ones who love games just like daddy does. I have come to realize not all games are bad when limits are set and when parents take the responsibility to educate themselves in the ratings. Much like TV shows games have an ESRB rating that makes it a bit easier for us to know what is right for our kids.
The panel was very informative. Here are a few of the highlights:
•Rating symbols are on the front of boxed games content description is on the back
•Social Benefits of Gaming
-Girls who play video games with a parent are better behaved, feel more connected with their families and have stronger mental health (Brigham Young University)
•Emotional Benefits of Gaming
-Gaming can act as a semi-protective function against nightmares(Athabasca University, Canada)
•Mental Benefits of Gaming
-Kids that play video games scored 23% higher in creative tests involving tasks such as drawing pictures and writing stories (Michigan State University)
•Physical Benefits of Gaming
-Pre-school children who play interactive video games show better object control motor skills such as kicking, catching, throwing a ball (Deakin University)
I really enjoyed learning about family and smaller children gaming. While it was nice to hear the good things we also know limitations and boundaries are needed as they are with every type of activity.
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For more information on Activision and their games visit http://familygamesummit.com/live.php
you can also view the video of the summit as it was broadcasted live!
Big Thanks to Activision for inviting us to attend!
Disclosure: This is not a compensated post. We were invited to attend this event as media. We were also given a gift bag for attending. The giveaway is part of what we received in our bag. The above are as always our true and honest opinions.