Gaming has come a long way since the basic Nintendo and Sega consoles of our youth, and understanding the difference between the gaming of the 1980s and 1990s that most parents are familiar with and the gaming of today is important for understanding how it impacts our kids.

For kids today, gaming is done through a variety of mediums. According to Internet Matters, a non-profit organization that focuses on supporting parents and caregivers in fostering healthy digital habits for their children while working as a partner to tech industry leaders to create safer online products, most children start playing games on a tablet as early as age 4. Whether you have a toddler or a teenager, tablets and smartphones quickly become portable gaming units that kids can carry with them wherever they go.

Dr. Shefali Gandhi, a licensed psychologist in Scottsdale, Arizona, notes that adverse health outcomes such as poor sleep quality and decreases in physical activity are documented in the research on technology use. “New information shows that increased media use is associated with a range of impacts on cognitive processes, including changes in attentional control, preferences for immediate rewards, disrupted emotional regulation, and changes in how children modulate their emotional experiences,” says Dr. Gandhi.

As parents the task of keeping up with technology can be overwhelming.

What are the online risk? How to help kids create balance online? What does technology addiction look like? Are my kids playing with predators?

All these questions and more are answered in the Winter issue of MASK The Magazine Gaming Issue- From Addiction to Attitude-Uncovering the virtual truth.

Read one mothers mission to find her daughter and educate parents about the dangers the lurk online.

Additionally, this issue bringing old school game night back to come together as a family and helping ditch the devices, and MASK’s “Need-to-Know” tips on bullying, technology, drug trends and safety. MASK takes pride in keeping you up to date with quarterly information on health, prevention and connection. Don’t forget to check out MASK’s “A List” of family friendly must-have items.

       

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