Are video games bad for us? It’s the question on everyone’s mind, given teenagers’ captive attention to video games and the media’s tendency to scapegoat them. It’s also — if you ask clinical psychologist Alexander Kriss — the wrong question. In this talk, Dr. Kriss will outline what video games are, how they came to carry so much stigma, and how to understand them and their role in our children’s lives in a new way. The focus will be on the meaning and value of play, how games can serve as a window into individual psychology, and how parents can productively communicate and set limits with their children.
– Attendees will develop an understanding of the videogame medium and the major historical factors that led to its stigmatization in mainstream culture
– Attendees will learn a new framework for conceptualizing the psychological impact of games
– Attendees will learn tools for facilitating communication between parents and children about games