My son really wanted an Xbox One last year. So, being the first Christmas after my wife and I separated, I got him one. And it was great. I eventually got one myself for when he visited, and for me to play as well. As with all things and little kids, though, he wanted more. What he wanted was to play Fortnite because all his friends from school were playing it. I subscribed to Xbox Live and we use a family set up to give him access to play, without access to buy anything. Which, for the uninitiated, there is plenty of stuff to buy. And not even stuff that helps you in the game. Might as … [Read more...]
Screen time has been a hot topic among parents since television became a staple in American homes in 1950s. The addition of computers, gaming systems, tablets and smartphones over the years now makes it seem impossible for kids to avoid spending some chunk of their day in front of some type of screen. So what's a mom or dad to do?
Anya Kamenetz, digital education correspondent for National Public Radio, has some advice for beleaguered parents -- so much advice that she has written a book on the subject, The Art of Screen Time: How Your Family Can Balance Digital Media & Real … [Read more...]
For many of us, Angry Birds was the first game we played on an iPhone. It got us hooked. And subsequently, it got our kids hooked on gaming on iPhones and iPads. Toys, movies and dozens of upgrades later, Angry Birds has become part of the fabric of our lives. That is why I was so excited to learned the New York Hall of Science was going to have an Angry Birds exhibit. I was a little skeptical, though, but they had me at life-sized slingshots you could use to destroy structures and knock down pigs. No actual pigs were harmed in this exhibit, they are just large green vinyl pillows. We … [Read more...]