FTW.3: Time limits, Apps, Games and MineCraft

Fatherhood in a Technological World – Episode #3

Actually these are big topics, but I manage to pitch it into this short 4 minute video where I tell you a little about my background, and then I go into a exploration into the importance of setting time limits and controlling or monitoring APP choices.
If children are going to use technology to access the internet to play game, it is better to play something where they develop some skills and exercise their creativity rather than just waste too much time on games that require little intelligence or are only simple repetition.

Here’s what I do not go into more depth on in the video, so you can read it here:

There are a multitude of online games out there but I would like to write a little about perhaps the biggest elephant in the room… MineCraft
I’m not suggesting you introduce you child to MineCraft, but I’d like to introduce you the parent or father to what I see. MineCraft is a wildy popular adventure-building game which can be played on or offline. Using a diverse palate of building tools, it can help players develop some skills related to building in a 3 dimensional space as well as learning the many ways to manipulate to game for specific modifications using download-ables.

It can also be a Pandora’s Box.

A good thing about it is, the game can often act as an ice breaker among kids. On the other hand, kids can spend a lot of time looking at You-Tube Videos looking for tutorials created by a wide variety of personalities, some are entertaining and informative, though some bloggers use mildly vulgar language in their effort to be hip, while others in the gaming community suggest the use of and romanticize the use of drugs by using quirky sayings, so you as a parent are best to stay on top of what your kids are exposing themselves to on the Web. There are many MineCraft books on the market also. It’s a game that kids can play with multiple players across a Wi-Fi (with friends) or across the internet (with friends or strangers). They can play solo.

Moreover, exposure to communities like the people who are MineCraft fanatics will introduce you children the concept of having “followers” on the internet. There are millions of MineCraft users and some video marketers who have millions of subscribers. While some people have become quite successful in marketing their tutorials and MineCraft highlights, it may be a temptation for your child to think that this is an easy task when young You-Tuber’s are promoting “How to be Famous” videos. This can be a challenge for parents to manage the expectations of their school aged children, even if you, the parent, are knowledgable about internet marketing. It can offer you the opportunity to begin a dialogue about how to run business as well as why they need to do well in school, set goals, and to manage their time.
Using an iPad for animation and offline video creation can be fun and build skills off-line.

Either way, maintain a dialogue with what your children regarding their interests and passions, that way you can maintain your positive influence in guiding them.


A few thoughts about Setting Time Limits

When it comes to setting time limits, if your children are actively using technology, naturally it will depend on your and your child’s  situation, schedules and dispositions, but setting limits and off-limit areas, in conjunction with family priorities are important. Despite the amount of time a child ends up playing on computers it is typically a low priority when it comes to all the tasks and activities growing children have when parents are leading and helping to children to manage their time.





About Fatherhood in a Technological World

Fathers of young children in today’s modern society are facing unprecedented challenges with the wave of technology allowing ever easier access to the internet. The effect on your children has and will have a great influence on their growth. As a parent, you may be feeling the anxiety of having to confront the challenges of being at the end of the rail of the powerful forces driving technology into the laps and hands of your children.

Your work is cut out for you are a father. Even though popular culture doesn’t do well to herald the value of the leadership role of men in the form of fathers, let me tell you right now, being a father in this time and age has never been more important.

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