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Kids today are hooked on games that are a lot different than Pacman. Mobile gaming isn’t just changing the industry; it’s changing childhood. What is the impact of gaming on your child’s eyesight, brain development and its relationship to autism? Find out more in Part 2 of this interview with digital addiction experts Dr. Andrew and Julie Doan. Today you’ll learn:
2:30 What video games (if any) do you play with your kids?
4:30 Frontal lobe development – why your kids are not capable of limiting video games themselves
5:30 The business of gaming – peer pressure to spend money in the game and gambling elements
8:20 Are your kids being soothed by screens?
11:00 Parenting with the long view in mind
14:00 Why would I give my son an hour a day to practice murder, covetousness, and lust in a video game?
16:50 How does gaming affect eyesight? Sleep cycles?
19:30 How have mobile devices shaped a child’s brain development?
21:30 Screens and autism
Dr. Andrew Doan is the author of Hooked on Games. He is an accomplished eye physician and surgeon with a doctoral degree in neuroscience from John Hopkins. He speaks with medical and scientific authority on brain development and how digital media reprograms the brain. His wife Julie is a registered nurse who is a digital media addiction specialist. Learn more about Hooked on Games here.
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