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Norwalk Warriors Official Publication for the Norwalk Community School District Page Eight N/Warren Town and County News Thursday, July 29, 2010 OVIATT ELEMENTARY ByDr. Laura Sivadge Preschool-lst Grade Principal and Rodney Martinez 2nd-3rd Grade Principal Video and Computer Games Video-and computer games top the wish lists of many children. While they do have their advantages, electronic games can lure children away from activities such as outdoor play, reading, arts and crafts, and socializing with their friends and fam- ily. Here are some tips to help parents maintain the balance between video and com- puter game use and other activities: Take advantage: Electronic games do have their advantages. Playing these games can help children feel comfortable with technology; give them the chance to compete against themselves, rather than another child; and can help children learn to pay close attention, follow directions and solve problems. Despite these advantages, com- puter and video games should never-replace other types of play. Demand active play: Too many children today are overweight and out of shape. Electronic games and television do not help the situation. Require your children to spend at least as much time engaged in physical activities, such as sports or active outdoor games, as they do in front of a screen. Provide an education: If your children must play electronic games, buy ones that teach as well as entertain. Check the ratings: Before you let your children bu3 rent, or play a game, look on the front of the box for its rating. Games rated "E" (everyone) are usually the best for school-age children. "T" (teen) games include questionable language, scenes, and themes and are intended for those 13 and over. There's a good reason "'M" (mature) and "AO" (adults only) games are not recornrnended for those under 17-they are tlgtlally 10aflOfl WiUI Vi01@IIC@, [0Ul laIl llBg 11[1 Read the content descriptors: In addition to the rating, every video and com- puter game contains a black and white content descriptor box on the back of the game's box. These descriptors give more details about the product in terms of vio- lence, sexual themes and language. For more information on ratings and content descriptors, visit _the Entertainment Software Rating Board's (ESRB) Website at ~,~vc.esrb.org or call them at 800-771-3772. Set limits: The desire to play "just one more" game can be overwhelming and can entice children (and adults) into spending too much time in front of the screen. Set firm limits on when and how long your child can play video or computer games. Kccp an eye on grades: Too many children's grades slip because they are spend- ing too much time with the latest game. Use game time as a privilege, not a daily activity and insist that schoolwork always comes first. Keep violence out of your home: There is a strong link between watching/play- ing violent programs and acting aggressively. Keep violent games off limits, both at home and at friends' houses. Avoid online games: In the online environment, you never really know who is on the other end. If you allow your children to play online games, make sure their screen names do not reveal their age, grade, or other personal information. Check ESRB's Website for the content and rating information for the online game sites your children frequent. Never allow your children to chat in online game rooms. Play together: Playing computer and video games together is a way to connect with your child while monitoring what he or she is playing. Just remember to spent time together away from the electronic games and television, too. ANNUAL SCHOOL SPORTS PHYSICAL $30 (no insurance filed) AUG. 5th, 5-7 p.m. or call for appointment during regular hours. Haskin Chiropractic Clinic Kyle D. Haskin, D.C. 1016 Main St., Norwalk Molly Hill Named to All-District Team Norwalk senior Molly Hill was named to the Iowa Girl's Coaches Association All-District Team for class 4A in golf. Athletes are voted on by coaches This is the first time a Norwalk girls' golfer has been named to the 4A team. Hill was placed on the Central district team. Five other gifts were also selected from the central district. There are four districts in the state of Iowa and a total of 24 gifts received the honor. Photo submitted. (NAPS)--Dough stuffed with meat, cheese or veg- etables is popular the world over, and people of all back- grounds are likely to love empanadaa mad0 with race and nutty Jarlsberg cheese. For recipes, tips and enter- taining ideas, visit www. norseland.com. A vinaigrette marinade made with Pompeian Extra Virgin Olive Oil can boost moisture and flavor when you grill swordfish steaks. For more recipes and information, visit www.pompeian.com. F R E E l Crossroads Crossroads Church, 2601 Border St. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Grades K-5th, 7 Sports Offered Register at: www.2thecrossroads.com or call 515-287-8580 Deadline July 31 f gUI(~CI(IKi( IUU~[[ Send $18 check or money order for a one year subscription to PO Box 325, Norwalk, IA 50211 FAMILY PHYSICIANS viii be offering evening hours for sports physicals. Appointments for the following dates and times can be scheduled now by calling 515-285-3200 r July 29 - 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 3- 5130 p.m. to 8 p.m.l Aug. 4 - 5.30 p.m. to 8 p.m.l Aug. 5 - 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m..) In addition to these evening hours, we will also be able to schedule sports physicals during our normal business hours, Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. When schedulkng a sports physical, please let us know ff you want insurance filed or if you will want the $30 sports physical with no insurance filed The $30 physicals will be expected to be paid for at the time of service. Physicians and Staff at NORWALK FAMILY PHYSICIANS 801 Colonial Circle k. PHYSICIANS AND CL/NICS J