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Linda Breneman
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Linda Breneman

Gaming Seattle, US
I'm a writer and editor living in Seattle. I just launched a website, Pixelkin.org, to explain video gaming to parents. I also have a family foundation and at Ludusproject.org we accept proposals for digital media & learning philanthropic projects. I'm interested in books, movies, video games, and all the cool stuff going on the internet. We love gaming!

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Managing Ed., Pixelkin.org
Qualifications:
  • B.A. degrees in Communications and in Creative Writing from the University of Washington
  • Technical writer and editor in research labs and software companies
Working for:
Parental Planet LLC ( www.pixelkin.org )

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  • Questions 0
  • Answers 20
  • Followers 6
  • Follows 4
  • Votes given 9
  • Votes received 35
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13Feb
Two free guides to keep kids safe plus hear us on Safer Internet Day Radio!

Thanks for this, Holly! for older kids (teens) who play online games, we're publishing this:"Dousing the Flames: Five Ways to Cope With Trolls." ...

23Jan
What are the best online games to learn programming for children aged 6 to 9?

Here's an [article](http://www.pixelkin.org/2013/12/23/the-sure-fire-method-to-turn-your-kid-into-a-scientist/) on Pixelkin.org that mentions (and ...

19Dec
Why are first person shooters so popular?

James Brodie, you are right on. The social factor is huge now with shooters. Another reason I think shooters are so popular is that so many of the ...

18Dec
What are the big family friendly videogames this Christmas?

Simon Munk, you are so right on all your points! But I don't think I'm going to be able to ignore the Xbox One. it's on my list. I love playing games ...

26Nov
Are any violent war games appropriate for teenagers?

I agree with Mr.Silver that you have to know what your kids can handle, and it's best to play with your kids to get a good handle on that. But I also ...

26Nov

It's that time of year again. Sure, the holidays are upon us, but more importantly - the realistic war video games are upon us. This means that ...

25Nov
Which console will win the battle this Christmas?

PlayStation 4 with a camera is almost as expensive as Xbox One, since the Xbox One ships with the Kinect, so maybe the price isn't as much of a ...

25Nov
What the heck is a selfie?

Yes, "selfie" deserves the honor (and the honour :-)) I like selfies, because people can get pretty creative and have fun with them. Now some people ...

21Nov
What makes Candy Crush so addictive?

Love TV Tropes! I think you can play Candy Crush for free, actually, if you're willing to feed your Facebook friends to its gaping maw. I pay to ...

20Nov

We handle it the same way we do with everything else: by talking. MMORPGs can be a wonderful way for teenagers to interact and tell stories alongside ...

20Nov
What makes Candy Crush so addictive?

I wrote about Candy Crush Saga [here](http://www.pixelkin.org/2013/11/20/daughter-blames-77-year-old-mother-for-addiction/)--how I believe the game ...

11Nov
What does Minecraft teach kids about society?

I agree with the other answers here, but last evening I had a delightful interaction in a Seattle coffee shop that reminded me that computer games ...

11Nov

This is a crazy question. Nuts. So I’ll ask a different question instead. What do kids not learn about society from Minecraft? The answer is the ...

10Nov

What a wonderful question Laura! There are many amazing technologies to support literacy in young readers, ...

08Nov
How does technology make children good readers?

We read to our kids every night before bed, and Beatrix Potter and later Harry Potter were familiar and trusted characters in their lives. But my ...

08Nov
How do you handle other kids exposing children to inappropriate games?

First of all, you're doing the right thing. Both Call of Duty: Black Ops games are [rated M for ...

06Nov
Is it irresponsible to allow children to play games that are rated older than they are?

It's SO important to make sure, as with movies, that kids are playing only games that are appropriate for their ages. That said, if you play the game ...

06Nov

Ben says: "Ultimately every parent should know the content and make the decision themselves, just like they would for a movie or book." That pretty ...

Q: What are the best online games to learn programming for children aged 6 to 9?

A: Here's an [article](http://www.pixelkin.org/2013/12/23/the-sure-fire-method-to-turn-your-kid-into-a-scientist/) on Pixelkin.org that mentions (and ...

3 years ago

Q: Why are first person shooters so popular?

A: James Brodie, you are right on. The social factor is huge now with shooters. Another reason I think shooters are so popular is that so many of the ...

3 years ago

Q: What are the big family friendly videogames this Christmas?

A: Simon Munk, you are so right on all your points! But I don't think I'm going to be able to ignore the Xbox One. it's on my list. I love playing games ...

3 years ago

Q: Are any violent war games appropriate for teenagers?

A: I agree with Mr.Silver that you have to know what your kids can handle, and it's best to play with your kids to get a good handle on that. But I also ...

3 years ago

Q: Which console will win the battle this Christmas?

A: PlayStation 4 with a camera is almost as expensive as Xbox One, since the Xbox One ships with the Kinect, so maybe the price isn't as much of a ...

3 years ago

Q: What the heck is a selfie?

A: Yes, "selfie" deserves the honor (and the honour :-)) I like selfies, because people can get pretty creative and have fun with them. Now some people ...

3 years ago

Q: What makes Candy Crush so addictive?

A: I wrote about Candy Crush Saga [here](http://www.pixelkin.org/2013/11/20/daughter-blames-77-year-old-mother-for-addiction/)--how I believe the game ...

3 years ago

Q: What does Minecraft teach kids about society?

A: I agree with the other answers here, but last evening I had a delightful interaction in a Seattle coffee shop that reminded me that computer games ...

3 years ago

Q: How does technology make children good readers?

A: We read to our kids every night before bed, and Beatrix Potter and later Harry Potter were familiar and trusted characters in their lives. But my ...

3 years ago

Q: How do you handle other kids exposing children to inappropriate games?

A: First of all, you're doing the right thing. Both Call of Duty: Black Ops games are [rated M for ...

3 years ago

Q: Is it irresponsible to allow children to play games that are rated older than they are?

A: It's SO important to make sure, as with movies, that kids are playing only games that are appropriate for their ages. That said, if you play the game ...

3 years ago

Q: Are aggressive video games making our kids angry?

A: I just want to weigh in and say that many of the studies linking aggression and video gaming are of questionable scientific validity. More and more ...

3 years ago

Q: What are the key differences between the Nintendo 2DS and 3DS?

A: I was intrigued by this question, so I did a little research. Here's a really good article about the 2DS (the less expensive option). The article ...

3 years ago

Q: How has gaming affected your child socially and emotionally?

A: My kids never skipped school because school came first, but I'm sure they did stay inside and play games rather than go outside. It rains a LOT here! ...

3 years ago

Q: Which are the best Halloween videogames for kids?

A: [Steam](http://store.steampowered.com/sale/halloween2013) has a fantastic sale on right now if you want to check out and download some Halloween-ish ...

3 years ago

Q: Should we charge our teenager rent now he has a job?

A: Maybe, maybe not. College isn't for everyone. Is he pursuing something he likes and is good at? If so, consider supporting him, especially if he's ...

3 years ago

Q: can technology teach children to say please and thank you?

A: Yes, technology can teach children to say please and thank you. Games, apps, and websites can teach children most anything, really. Just like books ...

3 years ago

Q: Why do people troll?

A: Trolling has some interesting geeky origins [http://www.dedoimedo.com/life/guide-trolling.html](http://www.dedoimedo.com/life/guide-trolling.html) ...

3 years ago

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