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November 13, 2013

'Week Without Video Games' challenge starts Sunday

NEWBURYPORT — Kids as Peacemakers is hosting a week-long challenge beginning Sunday calling on families to complete a “Week Without Violent Video Games and Apps.”

The week runs from Sunday, Nov. 17 to Sunday, Nov. 24. Parents — or children 13 years or older — are invited to share a message or photo every day throughout the week about what they did instead of playing such games and apps by either emailing Kids As Peacemakers directly at kidsaspeacemakers@gmail.com or by posting to the KAP Facebook page at www.facebook.com/kidsaspeacemakers.

“We know that many parents are concerned about their children’s exposure to violent images and acts in video games and apps, so we created this campaign as a challenge and a conversation starter,” said the Rev. Christopher Ney, president of the Kids As Peacemakers’ board of directors. “The Week Without Violent Video Games and Apps will give parents access to information and resources that will help them talk to their kids about gaming choices.”

The week will feature daily posts from the Kids As Peacemakers Facebook page and daily contests for participants. Posts will include links to resources for parents, including current research, issues to consider and suggestions for alternative activities. A daily winner will be randomly chosen from each day’s entries. Prizes include gift certificates donated by area merchants including Macro Polo, Bertram & Oliver Booksellers, Amesbury Skate and Sport, Amesbury Sports Park, Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt and Not Your Average Joe’s.

“Many parents we speak with report feeling overwhelmed by the rapid changes in technology, the early age at which digital play is being marketed to children and the speed at which new and increasingly violent games hit the market and become popular with children of all ages,” Ney said. “Busy parents need help to educate themselves about content and alternatives to violent games. We hope the Week Without Violent Video Games and Apps can help link parents to the resources they need for kids of all ages.”

To participate in the Kids As Peacemakers’ Week Without Violent Games and Apps, visit: www.kidsaspeacemakers.org or www.facebook/kidsaspeacemakers.com.

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