Moving towards Safe & Healthy Gaming: What Research and Experience Tells Us

Thu, 26 Jan 2023

Online - Virtual

Impact Hub Basel

Moving towards Safe & Healthy Gaming: What Research and Experience Tells Us

How much screen time is too much? Will shooter games make my son violent? How do I know which games are appropriate?   Come share your questions and learn!   The Middle Road and the Impact Hub Basel's Tech & Humans meetup have teamed up with gaming expert Marc Bodmer to offer a unique workshop that helps families explore how to support safe and healthy gaming. Workshop participants can expect to leave with a better understanding of the gaming world, research around the effects of gaming, and how to make appropriate choices around gaming. In addition, Marc will share his insights into the future of gaming, as well as the greatest hopes and threats for the next generation of gamers.   - Marc Bodmer (58), Master of Law UZH & Game Consultant, has been looking at the socio-cultural aspects of digital media for a good 25 years and is internationally regarded as an expert in the field of video games. He was project manager "Media Literacy Promotion" at the ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences and independent game expert for the Swiss cultural foundation Pro Helvetia. As a freelance researcher, Bodmer deals with developments in the games world and is co-author of two teaching materials on video games. He gives lectures at universities and workshops for non-gamers. He is currently working with the ZHAW on a project on the hidden skills of gamers when he is not writing articles for Swiss newspapers and magazines. Marc Bodmer is happily married and the proud father of a grown-up teenager. - Liz Lian, mother of two daughters (9 and 14), is passionate about empowering parents to become the parents they want to be, especially while navigating the uncertainty and speed of technological advances. In addition to her entrepreneurial efforts to support parents, she brings over 20 years' designing and implementing new models for learning and knowledge sharing, in the public and private sectors. - Felix Hollenstein, father of two sons (10.5 and 13), has wrestled for years with the questions of what changes the digital age might bring to our lives and what a healthy approach to technological possibilities might look like. There are also many parallels to his professional activities in consulting companies in innovation management and working with complexity. Computer games have a big influence on his family's life. While he appreciates the (future) skills his sons foster while playing computer games, he and his boys struggle to find the right balance between screen time and other activities.