Today we at Triolith Entertainment have a treat for you guys! We actually have a guest blogging for us instead. We introduce to you a guy with a thicker hair growth then any known animal. The man with a great voice and only uses it to make Arnold Schwarzenegger impressions, the man who is bigger in size then a small Fiat. Ladies and gentlemen. I give you the guy that makes the word DAAH mean anything, mr Joe Betancourt!

Some Joe fact:

Online tag: JVB
Quote: Daah
Preferred platform: Xbox 360
Occupation: Host for post game report and Community Manager for Entertainment consumer association.

Take it away, Joe!

 

Hello everyone!

I am Joe and I am here to tell you a bit about my son Justin and the impact gaming culture has on my family.

My son is a bright 10 year old. The apple of my eye to say the least. Guiding any child through life is one of the biggest honors and the most important jobs you’ll ever have.

"My humor is to die for" - JVB

Raising a child I think has always been a challenge for any generation. New trends come and go, however, gaming has had such a significant impact that we have no choice but to adapt. I was thinking about living in a shoe box in Antarctica but that wouldn’t do any good either, penguins would be a bad influence on my son.

Being a parent is a learning process, so mistakes are common. Parents are not perfect mind you. I would say that the biggest one to date is playing R rated games like Gears of War 3 in front of my son. You have to be careful to what you expose your child to. Even if my son is very mature for his age, he wasn’t emotionally ready for the horror that is Gears of War, it’s a pretty graphic game. We are still trying scrape him off the roof. When I was young and gaming just started out, we didn’t have this type of graphic gaming. We had to imagine what happened to be poor folk during the Oregon Trail.

Our kids today are growing up in a different world than we did. As humanity progresses, we will see more changes in our near future. With technology we are developing in a much faster rate. As a parent, it’s hard to keep up, I am lucky to actually be somewhat savvy when it comes to technology to know what is going on.

Now that I’m forty years old, I tend to look at the current generation of teens, and young adults the same way the elders looked at me when I was that age. I watch them act in ways I never did, and enjoy music, and TV shows I would never watch/listen. But, I’m sure when I was blasting Ministry, or Skinny Puppy on my Boombox, people looked at my weird, too.

Communication in raising a child is key, and even more so important today. Both me and my wife try to be consistent on rules and how much “technology” we expose our son to, and sometimes our opinions differ. I encourage him to research his homework online, so that he could understand the fine details of what he is learning. My wife doesn’t want him to depend on the Internet for everything, and I don’t blame her for the either.

To compensate, we will take him to the library, and museums, so that he can understand the value of finding information out for himself — the way we used to. I think that exposing your children to actual physical things, like actual paintings and books, gives them more appreciation for the work behind a piece of art/book. 

There are debates today about how childrens interaction/communication skills are being affected with the “online community”. I think that it’s only some extreme cases. Either that or my son is an oddball. He has one best friend, and they love to record videos, talk about insects, and the religion. Both of them are extremely mature for their age. They rarely watch cartoons, or play video games when they hangout.

They also call each other about homework. If one of them is stuck with a question, or didn’t copy homework questions, the other will help out. They never give each other answers, though.

I think that today parents are to focused on what evil comes out of technology. People should just use common sense when it comes in raising a child. When in doubt, follow the recommended age rating!

You dudes have an awesome Swedish fish day!

- JVB