Civil Discourse: Game Screen Time Debate

February 3, 2011 -

Unfortunately, we can't embed the video here, but Fox News' "Fox & Friends" host Gretchen Carlson moderated an interesting segment about the proper amount of video game screen time for kids. The discussion featured "Reality is Broken" author and game developer Jane McGonigal, and Susan Maushart, author of the book "The Winter of our Disconnect."

What is most interesting about the segment is the level of civility of all involved. Discussions about video games and the effects on children can often get out of control as two diametrical views collide and the moderator drops the ball or interjects their own opinions on the subject.

This segment offered three different perspectives; McGonigal believes the proper amount of screen time is right around three hours; Carlson allows her children 30 minutes a day; and Susan Maushart believes that technology gets in the way of life. While Maushart's method sounds extreme, it works for her, and as a parent that's her right.

Watch the segment here and form your own opinion.

Source: Kotaku


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Re: Civil Discourse: Game Screen Time Debate

Jane McGonigal was also interviewed by Stephen Colbert on the Colbert Report last Thursday.

That could possibly be an interesting piece of news.

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Living in Canada can be a very good thing, you know. We enjoy the universal healthcare and gun-free environment of an European country while getting all of our games released at the same time as in the US.

Living in Canada is awesome. We enjoy the universal healthcare and gun-free environment of a European country while getting all of our games released at the same time as the US.

Re: Civil Discourse: Game Screen Time Debate

I have to say that the respect shown towards each other in the discussion is surprising, especially for Fox News. There were some good points made, but I think the point they missed is that what works for one child doesn't work for another; some are fine, some need help moderating their time.

Also, as Dark_Mellow pointed out, kids just want to have fun. While some probably love engaging in 'constructive' activities such as music playing, they shouldn't have to spend all their time on adult-directed activities.

Re: Civil Discourse: Game Screen Time Debate

Gonne all the good days where you reunite all your buddies to play goldneye 007 or perfect dark drinking coca-cola and eating chips all afternoon.

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The idea of not allowing your kids access to technology is really just horrifying.  We live in a technological age and to not allow kds access to technology is to essentially handicap them.  I'm certainly not against monitoring video game use (though my parents never did and I turned out alright...but not all kids are the same) but "technology gets in the way of life?" I'm sorry,  but that is an idiotic viewpoint.  

Re: Civil Discourse: Game Screen Time Debate

Why cant you just play video games for fun?

Does everything have to benefit kids just let them have fun.

Re: Civil Discourse: Game Screen Time Debate

And they all fail, shcool work>studying>playing with physical objects outside< physical objects inside then media of anykind!!


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