Christian Video Games Might Just Help Restore Morality in American Homes
If you live in a home with children ages three to 17, it’s unlikely the video game craze has escaped you. Overshadowing the popularity of more traditional media, mobile, console, portable and PC games are the heavyweights of the entertainment industry. At the Consumer Electronics Show, Activision’s Mike Griffith spoke to the trend that’s influencing over 90 percent of American families. “Movies, recorded music and television—these are all stagnating or contracting entertainment sectors. Video games are poised to eclipse all other forms of entertainment.”
But if you’re like many consumers, it’s not the sheer growth of the video game industry that bothers you. Instead, it’s the prevalence of raunchy, violent games with graphic bloodshed and sexual content. And even if you manage to steer your kids clear of games like Grand Theft Auto, Urban Reign, Doom and Resident Evil, they’re probably still encountering ethically questionable material in mainstream games rated “Teen” and “Everyone 10+.” You could buck the trend and outlaw video games in your home—but you’re probably setting yourself up for family rebellion and frustration. Instead, consider the following tips for helping your kids become safe gamers.
- Get involved in your family’s game selections. While parents can’t control the culture at large, they can teach kids what to value. When you model principled behavior for your children, they’ll have a foundation for making wise choices. Don’t just say, “Yes, that’s good” or “No, that’s not good” – take the time to explain why, so even if they still want it, perhaps because a friend has recommended it, at least they will understand why it is not a good choice. Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.“
- Encourage children and teens to play Christian video games. Christian PC games and mobile games, too, are growing in popularity among families who wish to forego violence and sexuality for clean, competitive fun.
- Remind teens and children that video games are a privilege—not a necessity. Instead of allowing kids to play mobile or PC games as soon as they get home, consider “rewarding” them with 10 to 15 minutes of Christian video games after they’ve read a book or done their homework for an hour.
Encourage your Kids that it’s more Rewarding to Play Christian Video Games than Mainstream Secular Games
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