Games, Festivity & Safety Welcome to my 20th article/ blog post! Thank you for reading! Games can be a good way of keeping our brain active, but they can also be destructive if we let them take over our time and if we play them too often. I know that for me if I play a game for more than one level or the bare minimum then I can get hooked on it for the whole day! Which is not good for productivity or for sleep. It is good, therefore, to keep track of this for ourselves and also to know what games our young people are playing and how often so we can encourage and teach them good tech boundaries. Here are some of their favourite games: Peak brain training [app] Minecraft Fortnite & Minecraft Binwheevle Black ops 4 Snake I don’t play games Mario kart Fifa Marvel alliance At this colder time of year, it is very easy to get stuck in the habit of staying in more than being outside in the fresh air; enjoying all the wonderful things about the festive side of this time of year. The young people and staff of All Saints shared below what excites them most about this time of year: The lights and spreading the Christmas spirit of joy and giving Spending time with family Presents, food, decorations and music Presents Festive lights, Christmas music, food, german market, spending time with family and friends Being with family Family time Every one of my family hangs around together I will be honest, some of the answers surprised me. It was nice to see that our young people still like spending time with their family at this time of year and it’s not all about the receiving and giving of presents. Of course, Christmas is truly about the best gift of all, Jesus being born as our saviour. But also at this time of year is other festive holidays such as Hanukkah or Chanukkah and Kwanza. Whichever you celebrate, let’s keep spreading joy, peace and love throughout the year. Another thing to keep in mind at this time of year is being safe when out and about. I thought it would be intriguing to ask the young people how they keep safe. Keep my phone in my pocket as much as possible and keeping an eye out on my surroundings I phone a friend Stay away from large groups, keep valuables in pockets Wrap up warm Be with someone at all times, stay away from big crowds ‘Share’ my location on my phone In a time where knife crime is happening more often, it is great to see that these young people know how to keep safe in a good way. The young people here continually surprise me with their answers and it just goes to show that most of our perceptions and stereotypes aren’t true. We have to be willing to let them go, be surprised and be amazed by who they are. Have a blessed week and stay warm!