We hope that you have found the information on Smart Social Gamers useful. If you want further support and advice about social games or about smart use of the Internet more widely, below is a selection of some recommended sites.
- Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (advice on in-app purchases)
- Competition and Markets Authority (UK regulator) (advice to Parents and Guardians on Apps and Online Games)
- Family Online Safety Institute’s Good Digital Parenting:
- Get CyberSafe (Canada)
- Netsafe (New Zealand)
- Netsmartz (US)
- Ofcom (UK regulator) (advice on apps)
- Office of the Children’s e-Safety Commissioner (Australian Government)
- OnGuardOnline (US)
- Parent Port (UK)
A Parent’s Guide to Video Games: The Essential Guide to Understanding how Video Games Effect your Child’s Physical, Social, and Psychological Well-Being, Rachel Kowert This book breaks the long-standing barriers between science and society by providing a comprehensive guide to the science behind how video games can impact our physical, social, and psychological well-being.
Hooked on Games: The Lure and Cost of Video Game and Internet Addiction, Andrew P. Doan & Brooke Strickland This book gives a unique look into video game addiction by taking a biographical approach and drawing on Dr. Doan’s own struggles with addiction.
Moral Combat: Why the War on Violent Video Games is Wrong, Patrick M. Markey & Christopher Ferguson Drawing from recent research, this book outlines how the media has been wrong to cultivate a culture of fear about video games by blaming them for real-world violence and crime. This book also includes practical advice, including tips on how to reduce the amount of time your children spend playing video games.
Blogs & Podcasts
Christopher Ferguson’s Huffington Post Blog If you are looking for something scientific, Dr. Christopher Ferguson regularly posts articles across a range of topics – from violent video games to breaking down policy statements about video game regulation.
FanGirl Magazine’s #AskDrRachel Monthly Column Every month, Dr. Rachel Kowert answers questions from the public about anything related to media use and effects, with a focus on video games.
PBS Game Show YouTube Channel While this channel is no longer active, their videos remain archived on YouTube and address a range of topics relating to video games and modern life.
Psychology of Games Blog and Podcast Created by Dr. Jamie Madigan, this blog and podcast feature some of the top scholars in game studies and addresses a range of topics relating to video games.