January 2011

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  • Dr. Dave Talks About His Book NO, Available Soon

    Any chance in this fast pace world that your book "NO" will come out in an audio format?  I would love to buy it for my adult children who seem to be too busy to read a book.

    Marge, Minnesota

    Dear Marge,

    There is a... 

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  • Tips When Buying Video Games for Kids

    Gaming can be great fun. Check out these tips before buying games for your kids: 

    1. Check the rating: age ratings and descriptions are on every box.  Make sure the game you are buying is age rated for your child.
    2. Read the descriptions of the game: if it promises shooting and violence, chances are it will... 
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  • Video Games are Great Teaching Tools

    I would like to know what you believe are the benefits of playing video games.

    Eddie, Rush City, MN

    Thanks for the question, Eddie.

    Video games are great teaching tools. In addition to being fun, good games can provide the opportunity for players:

    • To experience virtual versions of real world environments.... 
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  • Avoiding the “Fourth Grade Crash”

    I am an elementary school teacher and I had the privilege of seeing Dr. Walsh speak at the Blue Ribbon Schools Conference in Orlando this past December.  He spoke specifically about the gap widening amongst students as they approach "the 4th grade slump".  I was wondering if one of Dr. Walsh's books talks more about the "4th grade slump" and how to support children... 

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  • Do Violent Video Games Matter?

    Is there a certain type of game that effects  attitude in children more?  Do you think that certain media should be banned or have more restrictions?

    Jesse, Rush City, MN

     Thank you for the good question, Jesse.

     Nicholas Johnson, a Federal Communications Commissioner, said... 

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  • 4 Tips to Curb Video Game Violence

    1. Follow industry game ratings on the cover of every game sold: M rated games should not be played by children and young teens.
    2. Know what games your children are playing. Almost a third of kids report that their parents don't know that they play M rated games.
    3. Talk with your children... 

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  • Dangerous Way for Teens to Lose Weight

    I recently discovered that my fourteen-year-old daughter has been using Adderall to lose weight. She says it’s no big deal because all her friends are using it. They apparently get it from friends who have prescriptions for it. I’ve told my daughter that I don’t want her using it, but I would like some information to back up my arguments.

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  • Tips for Parents to Talk to Teens About Drugs

    1. Communication is key.  Look for opportunities to talk about alcohol and drug use.
    2. Ask your teens what they know and think about drugs and alcohol.  Listen to their answer so you understand their attitudes and the peer pressure they may be under.
    3. Be open to their questions and concerns.
    4. Set clear rules and expectations with your teens about... 
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