Responsible Video Gaming: for Parents

Responsible Video Gaming for Parents

Video games are one of the most popular and commonly enjoyed forms of entertainment of our time, yet there’s a lot of controversy around them.

The World Health Organization recently decided to add “gaming disorder” to its official list of mental health conditions, stating that gaming behavior could qualify as problematic if it interferes significantly in other areas of people’s lives.

But many other people have pointed out that some types of games offer benefits, including the potential to improve people’s ability to pay attention and process visual information.

For all of these reasons, people have lots of questions surrounding what science says about the effects of video games. Do games cause violence or aggression? Are they addictive? Are they healthy ways to relax and de-stress? Could they improve brain processing speed?

Similar questions have arisen after every new form of media appeared — including television, movies, pop music, comics, and even books.

Fortunately, there’s a fair amount of research that about how video games affect our brains and bodies.

 

During this mini-series of talks and workshops we not only present you with the findings and and research but give you the chance to experience hands-on the benefits and opportunities of video games and the industry of esports.

Credit Value

N/A – this course is not accredited

Qualification time

6 contact hours

Areas of focus
  • Introduction to video games and esports
  • Video games and behaviour
  • Gamification of education
  • Monitoring and controlling play
  • 21st Century Skills in Video Games
Next intake

January 2020