TL;DR – This is an excellent resource for parents wanting to know more about video games to help understand and engage with their kids on the issue
Rating: 4 out of 5.
Help! My Kid Is A Gamer! Review –
Last year, I got a chance to see a documentary series that was as informative as it was entertaining. Help! My Kid Is A Gamer! was very much as the title suggested. It explored the world of Video Games for parents that might not have a firm grasp on it. In my review, I found the show to be exciting, but there were some areas that I thought they had missed. Well, Season 2 is here, and those topics and more have been addressed, which is great to see.
So to set the scene, Help! My Kid Is A Gamer! is a show that explores the realm of video games for parents and caregivers, and not just video games but the surrounding ecosystem that supports and thrives around it. This season, we get topics that run the gamut from Online Safety to potential careers in Esports. All of these topics are important for parents and other care providers for giving them insight into a rapidly changing but also influential world. They are also presented in an easy to understand manner, with experts that can walk you through the issues, and an excellent summary at the end to give you strategy to engage with the issue at hand.
TL;DR – This is a really good
resource for parents wanting to know more about video games to help understand
and engage with their kids on the issue
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
Video games, they are the latest hotness in the world, but like a lot of new
technologies, there is a lot about them that can be difficult for people to
understand if they are not familiar. This is amplified when it is parents
trying to understand the world that their kids are living in. Today we look at
a series that is trying to de-mystify some of the real issues around gaming and
to give parents the tools needed to understand and help kids develop.
Each episode of the show revolves around one aspect of the video games industry
and how it applies to children and then talks to the experts to help parents understand
the issue. For example loot boxes and microtransactions. This is all presented
in a form that is easy to digest which is important when dealing with very
complex issues where there are quite often no straight forward answers. I feel
that this show is really important because it does not shy away from the problematic
aspects of video games but it also does not lean into the sensationalist
reporting that you get from most of the Australian media that does not know how
to write stories unless it is about “insert game is the new addiction” like we
saw just last week with untitled goose
game. There are real problems and concerns with video games, but these are
no different for any other types of media and as a parent it is important to be
across these issues.