Most people I hang out with on a regular basis know that I am young and single (Please form an orderly line Ladies). I am also unemployed, but that is not particularly relevant for this post. I live with my parents. About 2 years ago some friends of my family asked us if we would do respite care for them for the child they are caring for on behalf of CYF (New Zealand’s version of Americas CPA, they remove children from homes for various reasons and place them in foster care.) We said yes and started jumping through all the hoops required by CYF. During the process, we were asked if we also wanted to do emergency care for CYF. This is where you get a phone call at all hours of the day asking you to look after a kid for them for a couple of nights. We said sure, we would love to help. Some of the children we have for longer periods of time, several weeks in some cases while CYF look for a more permanent home for them. The result is that we end up with children of all ages staying with us for anywhere from just a couple of hours overnight to a couple of weeks or even a couple of months.
So, for all you parents out there, and anyone else who would like to comment I would like to get an idea of some games that would be suitable for children. I’m not looking for someone to just give me a list, I could get that from Google or by looking at the rating of the games and playing them myself. What i want is to get a discussion going on what some of your experiences are with some of the more popular games. Obviously, anything like the Grand Theft Auto series is completely out of the question, as is anything that is only played online. To get things started, I’m going to ask about the Portal series and The Sims games. What do you think? How much supervision needs to be provided for certain games. If you have your own blog, please feel free to do a post of your own and make sure to link to it in the comments! If you don;t have your own blog please feel free ot let me know how you feel in the comments.
I could also use some recommendations for some good education games, if such a thing exists!