Friday, December 18, 2009

FCC Parent Place


If you have not visited the FCC Parent's Place portal, it is worth a visit. There is information about television shows, Internet Safety, obscenity and profanity, obesity, and more. I did not know that there were ratings for television shows. I guess I have not noticed or even know where to look.

Nutrition and obesity is a hot topic for today's teens and this site offers good nutrition information and several links to pursue. If that doesn't help your teen, have them watch the movie "Super Size Me".

In addition, there are hints about how to block certain television channels on your home tv. You may want to double check with your cable provider to be sure this method works on your cable system.

More than anything, read, stay involved, check what they are doing and keep the computer in a public location in your home.

Image from: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/features/jan-june07/fcc_5-02.html

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Video Games for Christmas? Think again

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This season you may get requests for several video games. Before you go and purchase those requests, you may want to read this article about the "Cool Games for Kids". This is a review of popular games and describes the action and gore level. There are some additional hints for better choices at the end of each description.
Included is a list of CommonSense Media's 10 most violent video games. Be sure to read that list carefully. Print the list, so you can have it handy to ask others if they allow their kids to play them when your children are going to be at that home. I have to agree with some of their choices. I have watched my kids play games with their friends at my house. Some of the bloody stuff was too much for me. Teens are desensitized to the violence and that is what bothers me the most. When I hear that machine gun bursting, it makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up.

My son and his friends are over 18 and like to play other games as well, Spore, Restaurant in Facebook, map maker from Call of Duty, and other map maker options. I have seen these kids play paintball, airsoft and make videos for fun. They are not violent kids, but they ARE desensitized to gore. Care should be taken in previewing the type of videos kids watch. The recent popularity of horror or gore movies gives me chills. I can't even watch the trailers. I am truly worried about this teen generation and their attitude toward death, torture, and violence in song, games movies and other media. Only time will tell the effects on our kids. The articles below contradict each other, but worth the read.
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