A Parent's Guide to Video Games Review - We're Published!
Awhile back I reviewed a book called The Great Video Game Debate by Dr. Rachel Kowert. This book provided a comprehensive look at whether or not video games can be tied so such things as Attention Deficit Disorder, addiction, and obesity in children. While this book was very comprehensive and full of scientific observations, it came in around 200 pages. For the average parent this could be hard to comprehend, so Dr. Kowert has written a followup piece called "A Parent's Guide to Video Games". This takes all of the scientific conclusions and places them into a nice and neat digestible format.
Coming in at around 100 pages, Dr. Kowert presents an easy to read guide for parents showing in short detail multiple topics such as the ones stated above. It also cites findings that video games could be linked to improving cognitive and mechanical abilities. Colorfully annotated throughout; Dr. Kowert also provides charts, graphics and other data to back up her findings.
The book takes about an hour, as it's a very easy read. I feel as though this will become the go to resource for parents who are worried about their children's screen time or video games in general. One of my favorite sections that Dr. Kowert provided is towards the end called "Additional Reading". This chapter provides even more resources for parents to explore and research further into the basic concepts and data presented in her book.
Finally, this review wouldn't be complete without a little self-promotion! Dr. Kowert was nice enough to let us take a look at an advance copy for an editorial review. Making recommendations and providing fact-checking throughout her book resulted in her kindly publishing our review in full at the front of her book. Dean and myself have never been published before, so this is quite an honor to be listed among psychological experts and professional reviwers. Like Dr. Kowerts new book, Gaming With Swag continues to provide a unique resource for parents to check out what is going on in the video game world, and also provide it in a format that is easy to read without dragging out a review to an unnecessary length.
If you are a parent, and you play video games or know a child that plays video games, you owe it to yourself to check out A Parent's Guide to Video Games. It's chock full of valuable information to assist you in making the best choices for you and your family. Highly Recommended.