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This Video Game Can Help Kids Make Sense Of Post-Election Chaos

November 17, 2016
in Kids

Could video games be the cure for our political ails? In the past few months, election themed educational games by iCivics are approaching the popularity commercial games. They’ve reported 2.2M game plays in October, and 1.8M November 1-13. That’s a lot of learning through digital play. And it is encouraging because many of the parents, teachers and caregivers that I talk to are struggling to figure out how to talk to their kids about the results of the election. Here’s a solution: play video games with your kids—specifically a game about the presidency called Executive Command from Screenshot of ‘Executive Command’ from My kids were pretty upset when I woke them up the morning after to tell them who won the presidential election. They cried and put their heads back under the covers. Sure, they are only 9- and 11-years old, but they were pretty engaged throughout the whole campaign. They’d watched the media coverage alongside me since the primaries. Debates. Conventions. More debates. They begged me to buy them Hillary T-Shirts and canvassed among their schoolmates. Hopping from one playground clique to another, they asked, “who are your parents voting for?” Seeing how devastated they were on November 9th—perhaps even a little frightened—I wondered if it had been irresponsible to let them watch so much divisive television these past two years. It had clearly weighed heavily on them. And it wasn’t so much the losing that bothered them as much as what it meant intellectually and viscerally. They had heard so much polarizing rhetoric that it must have seemed to them that there was no way a President Trump was possible. No, not because of the pundits, analysts, and pollsters who all turned out to be wrong. Instead, according to voices they heard day in and day out, the Trump campaign represented everything that they’ve been raised to consider ethically repugnant. Words like bigotry, racism, misogyny, Islamophobia, demagoguery, and populism had become common place. To them, the election looked like a simple race between good and evil. They must have felt like there was no way the same adults who taught them the difference between right and wrong could also vote for Darth Vader. I watched their faces that morning as they tried to reconcile...

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