Chapter 14Public Perceptions of Games for Kids

Beyond the challenge of creating developmentally appropriate content and engaging game mechanics with high production value, designers must also be aware of societal concerns around children’s use of digital media.

Every few months, a new study provides additional data showing that children are using screen media for significant chunks of time at younger and younger ages. The research indicates that children are using technology quite frequently, and observers are raising a number of concerns about what this means for developing minds. Developers need to be aware of these issues and be prepared to talk about their views, as questions will undoubtedly arise from parents, teachers, and press.

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