I’m concerned about my 21-year-old making wooden guns for her cosplay costume based on a violent video game character – what should I do?

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Q: My 21-year-old daughter and her 26-year-old boyfriend are making wooden replica guns and other weapon accessories for a cos-play convention based on the action video game, “Fallout 4”. I expressed my concerns about these games and how they can affect young peoples’ behavior and views on violence. My daughter’s response – of course – was… Read more »

Media Moment: So Your Child Wants To Go To A Video Game Convention

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Dear Reader, Welcome to another Media Moment! This month, Wesley Sanders, a post-doctoral fellow at the Boston VA Healthcare System and clinical psychology research affiliate of Boston University, shares how parents can better understand kids’ gaming interests and learn ways to support their children’s healthy media use by attending video game conventions with them. These… Read more »

Media Moment: Taking a Look in the Mirror

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Dear Reader, Welcome to another Media Moment! This month, Anna Miller, the Media Coordinator at the Center for Young Women’s Health at Boston Children’s Hospital, shares how her interpretation of Dave Egger’s book, The Circle helped her set goals for using media more mindfully. These stories are meant to help create a village square of… Read more »