ABOUT THE BOOK:
"But Mom, it's just a game."
Meet Jasper! A young boy who is totally absorbed with playing video games...
"With my game controller in my hands, I'm the boss of my whole world!
I can be who I want and do as I please. I can get the highest score.
I get all the chances that I need. If I make a mistake it's ok.
Everyone thinks I'm 'it on a stick!' And the bad stuff all goes away."
Video game addiction is on the rise, but it can be prevented. This creative story book teaches both kids and adults how to switch out their game controller for a "life controller." Video gaming is becoming a part of our culture, and we must be strategic in creating a healthy gaming balance.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Julia Cook, M.S. is a national award-winning children's author, counselor, and parenting expert. She has presented in thousands of schools nationally and internationally, regularly speaks at education and counseling conferences, and has published children’s books on a wide range of character and social development topics. The goal behind Cook's work is to actively involve young people in fun, memorable stories and teach them to become lifelong problem solvers. Inspiration for her books comes from working with children and carefully listening to counselors, parents, and teachers, in order to stay on top of needs in the classroom and at home. Cook has the innate ability to enter the worldview of a child through storybooks, giving children both the "what to say" and the "how to say it."
PRAISE FOR THE BOOK:
Maintaining balance and boundaries in our lives today is a very real challenge. But It's Just a Game is a valuable resource in the efforts to help our children and their families develop positive attitudes and actions that will help them better manage their time, set priorities, and stay focused. This unique storybook can help kids learn how to enjoy their time with gaming more responsibly. Thumbs up for But It's Just a Game.
Russell A. Sabella, Ph.D.
Professor of Counseling, Florida Gulf Coast University
These little games are the rage even with very young children. As an elementary school counselor this book is helpful in my work when that's all kids want to do is play their hand held game.