A Parent’s Guide to Video Games: How games impact children

FILE - In this June 11, 2013 file photo, attendees play video games on the Nintendo 3DS at the Nintendo Wii U software showcase during the E3 game show in Los Angeles. Nintendo Co. is ending sales in Japan of its Wii U home console “soon,” although it’s not saying exactly when, and similar announcements are expected in other regions. The Wii U, which went on sale from late 2012, is being replaced by Switch, set to go on sale globally in March 2017. Nintendo says it will show it to reporters in Japan on Jan. 13. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Chances are most children have a least one video game waiting for them under the Christmas tree.

Each year many parents worry about how those games will impact their children.

Dr. Rachel Kowert joined anchor Sally Hernandez in the KXAN studio to discuss her new book “A Parent’s Guide to Video Games.”

Sally: Does playing online games make kids more anti-social?

Dr. Kowert: This is a common misconception!

Online gaming is actually incredibly social. I think the perception of it being an anti-social activity comes from the fact that from the outside in, parents often see their child sitting alone in front of a computer with a headset on.

What they don’t see is that they are connected with hundreds maybe thousands of other players.

Sally: What do you want parents to take away from your book?

Dr. Kower: I want parents to know that it is not all doom and gloom when it comes to video games. In fact, I would argue there is more good than bad!

Video games are great vehicles for learning, they are highly social spaces, and they provide an arena for children to experiment with new roles and ideas. I want parents to be empowered by the science behind the headlines and more confident in making media choices for their families.