Boston Globe Supports Child-Centered Family Law Legislation

Massachusetts Bill Upholds Best Interests of Children

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, UNITED STATES, June 24, 2016 / — National Parents Organization applauds the Boston Globe for supporting Massachusetts’ Child-Centered Family Law bill and urges legislators to support the best interests of children by following the Globe’s advice and passing H4107, that was previously known as both S834 and H1207.

In the June 20 Globe editorial “Repeat After Us: Pass these Worthy Bills,” the editorial board wrote, “Massachusetts’ child custody laws are outdated. The Child-Centered Family Law bill acknowledges a widely held belief that isn’t always reflected in court orders: Children benefit from spending significant time with both parents. The legislation would encourage family-court judges to grant parents shared custody, with a child spending at least one-third of the time with each parent.”

Dr. Ned Holstein, M.D., Founder and Board Chair of Boston-based National Parents Organization, said, “As the clock ticks on this legislative session, the most pressing need for the children of Massachusetts is passage of the Child-Centered Family Law. Thank you, Boston Globe editorial board, for rightly urging legislators to make the best interests of children a top priority. We’ve long known that children desperately want and need shared parenting after divorce, and Massachusetts is long overdue for aligning our family courts with the overwhelming amount of research in favor of shared parenting.”

Almost 50 bipartisan Massachusetts legislators serve as sponsors and co-sponsors of the proposal. The proposal was born out of recommendations from the 18 distinguished stakeholders former Gov. Patrick appointed to the Massachusetts Working Group on Child-Centered Family Law, including NPO’s Dr. Holstein.

Currently, Massachusetts courts award sole physical custody to one parent, not shared parenting, a great majority of the time after divorce. While shared parenting remains unusual nationwide, it is gaining momentum. For instance, within the past year, at least two states – Utah and Minnesota – joined the list of states with laws supportive of shared parenting. Plus, another nearly 20 states have considered similar laws, and shared parenting bills have passed the state legislature and traveled to the Governor’s desk in two states in recent months – a Florida proposal was vetoed by Governor Rick Scott, and reform in Missouri is awaiting the signature of Governor Jay Nixon.

“I can’t think of a more historic close to the end of the 2016 Massachusetts legislative session than for our state to enact the Child-Centered Family Law,” Dr. Holstein said. “It will vastly improve the lives of the smaller number of children whose parents insist on a custody battle, as well as the large number of children whose parents agree to negotiate, and who will be likely to agree on shared parenting knowing that this would be the likely outcome if they litigated instead.”


Ned Holstein, M.D., M.S., Founder and Board Chair of National Parents Organization

A regular contributor to local and national media, Dr. Holstein is Founder and Chair of the Board of National Parents Organization. Dr. Holstein was appointed by the Governor of Massachusetts to the Massachusetts Working Group on Child Centered Family Law, and he was previously appointed by a Massachusetts Chief Justice to a task force charged with reviewing and revising the state's child support guidelines.

A graduate of Harvard College, Dr. Holstein also earned a Master's degree in psychology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His medical degree is from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where he serves on the faculty.


National Parents Organization, a charitable and educational 501 (c)(3) organization, seeks better lives for children through family law reform that establishes equal rights and responsibilities for fathers and mothers after divorce or separation. The organization is focused on promoting shared parenting and preserving a child’s strong bond with both parents, which is critically important to their emotional, mental, and physical health. In 2014, National Parents Organization released the Shared Parenting Report Card, the first study to rank the states on child custody laws. Visit the National Parents Organization website at

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New evidence links exclusive breastfeeding, early play / stimulation to children's later success

Credit: School Transition and Readiness Project, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Aga Khan University. High res:

Saving Brains Partnership

Babies exclusively breastfed to 6 months old half as likely to have later conduct disorders;
Enriched play / stimulation to age 2 creates brighter 4-year-olds

These studies show how parents can help develop smart, social kids who make good decisions: breastfeed babies and play with children

— Dr. Peter A. Singer, CEO, Grand Challenges Canada

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA, June 21, 2016 / — A pair of new studies further strengthen scientific understanding of the links between what a child experiences in the first years of life and later childhood behaviour and abilities.

Funded by the Government of Canada through Grand Challenges Canada, researchers working in South Africa and Pakistan report their findings in papers launched today.

In the first study, an international team led by Dr Ruth M. Bland at the Africa Centre for Population Health assessed over 1,500 children in South Africa, 900 of whom had been involved in an early infant feeding study.

They found longer durations of exclusive breastfeeding strongly associated with fewer conduct disorders at ages 7 to 11 years. Children exclusively breastfed for the recommended six months, compared with those exclusively breastfed for less than one month, were approximately half (56 percent) as likely to have conduct disorders at primary school age.

Other highlighted findings, published in PLOS Medicine, included:

* Important determinants of a child's cognitive development: attending creche (preschool) and mother's IQ
* Children who attended creche for at least one year were 74 percent more likely to have higher executive function (which enables us to plan, focus attention, remember instructions, and juggle multiple tasks successfully. The brain needs this skill set to filter distractions, prioritize tasks, set and achieve goals, and control impulses. Executive function, therefore, influences educational and social success.)
* Children stimulated at home, such as through play, were one third (36 percent) more likely to have higher executive function scores
* There was weaker evidence that, for boys, exclusive breastfeeding for more than one month improved cognitive development.

The study also examined a number of current life factors that might influence children's development, finding that children were two-and-a-half times more likely to exhibit emotional-behavioural problems if their mothers had a current mental health problem or severe parenting stress.

"The duration of exclusive breastfeeding of an infant has greater importance than previously realized in several areas of development," said lead author Dr Tamsen J. Rochat of the Human Science Research Council, Durban, South Africa.

"For example, childhood onset conduct disorders can lead to aggressive or disruptive behaviours, which interfere with learning and peer relationships, in turn leading to low self-esteem and further behavioural problems. Conduct disorders that start in childhood and persist into the teen years are associated with an increase in antisocial (and potentially violent or criminal) behaviours, poor long-term mental health and low academic achievement in later life."

"Evidence from studies in high-income countries suggests that the economic cost of conduct disorders is enormous," added Dr Bland. For example, a publication from the United Kingdom cited in the paper estimates the annual cost of crime attributable to people who had a conduct disorder in childhood at US$117 billion.

The study was also one of the first to assess the impact of HIV exposure on the development of primary school-age children in Africa. Previous studies suggested that children, although themselves HIV-negative, were disadvantaged if they were born to HIV-positive mothers, particularly in the areas of emotional and behavioural development. This study found that HIV-negative children born to HIV-positive mothers performed as well as those born to HIV-negative mothers.

Play and communication — "responsive stimulation" — pays dividends for impoverished rural children in Pakistan

The second paper, published by The Lancet Global Health and led by Dr Aisha K. Yousafzai of Aga Khan University, Karachi, followed up a cohort of impoverished children in rural Pakistan whose parents had been guided on strengthening nutritional care and "responsive stimulation" used to the end of age 2.

In the responsive stimulation intervention, caregivers were coached to observe and respond to their child's cues during play and communication activities, improving the quality of interactions.

The intervention, adapted from the UNICEF and the World Health Organization's 'Care for Child Development' approach (which is readily available online), included using everyday household items or homemade toys to stimulate children's cognitive, language, motor and affective (emotional/feeling) skills.

At age 4, children who received the responsive stimulation intervention were, to varying degrees, more likely to have:

* Higher IQ
* Better pre-academic skills (in sizes and comparisons, and shapes)
* Better executive functioning
* More pro-social behaviour.

The follow-up study also found parents were better caregivers.

The research involved 1,302 four-year-olds and their mothers from the original study, which had likewise shown that responsive stimulation "significantly benefitted children's cognitive, language and motor development at two years." The investigators intend to follow this cohort throughout their schooling.

"The abilities fostered by stimulation are important for readiness and a successful transition to preschool," said Dr Yousafzai. "The competencies assessed in this study have been shown to predict school engagement and longer-term academic attainment."

"Other studies have shown that the early success of children clearly links to their productivity and income potential later in life and, at a large scale, impacts the economic well-being of societies."

The inclusion of stimulation intervention in health programs is important to support healthy development. It is hoped more research will follow that will provide insights on how to optimize integrated packages of health, growth and development.

The newly published research from South Africa and Pakistan closely follows the release of another Grand Challenges Canada study, conducted by Harvard University, showing that one-third of 3- or 4-year-olds in low- and middle-income countries don't reach expected developmental milestones.

Grand Challenges Canada funded the studies as part of its contribution to the growing international "Saving Brains" partnership, which convenes for a conference in Toronto June 21-22, focused on the results from 11 follow-up studies, including the two publications launched today.

"One in three children in 'developing' countries are in fact failing to develop to their full potential. These studies show how parents can help develop smart, social kids who make good decisions: breastfeed babies and play with children," said Dr Peter A. Singer, Chief Executive Officer of Grand Challenges Canada.

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Help Pick a Festival Winner and Get Insight from 5-time Emmy Winner at New Media Film Festival

Honoring Stories Worth Telling

Paul Wagner – Digital Keynote Speaker

Ana Kasparian – Web Series Panelist

LA film festival brings insight to content creators seeking to increasingly engage audiences through new media technologies.

New technologies have empowered and enabled creators outside the studio network system to make and develop cutting edge entertainment.

— Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Matthew Modine

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, May 23, 2016 / — The 7th annual New Media Film Festival will be honoring stories worth telling by screening the latest in cutting edge content from the world of new media. This year they are introducing for the first time its Audience Award where attendees choose which film takes home the prize. This year's festival will also include an insightful keynote address from 5-time Emmy winner Paul Wagner as well as two superstar panels discussing engaging audiences through web series and technology, respectively. Held on June 7-9th in Los Angeles at The Landmark Theater, the 7th annual New Media Film Festival will showcase 127 films from 37 countries. Of those, 55 films will be screening world premieres.

Here is a little more info regarding the keynote and panel discussions:

Digital Marketing Keynote – On June 7th, Paul Wagner, 5-Time Emmy winner and CEO of CreativeLab.TV, will share insights on how to use technology to inspire the masses to enjoy filmmakers' content, engage meaningfully with it and repeatedly interact with your brand. Paul has over 25 years experience in technology and entertainment working with key clients including Aetna, Google, AT&T and Reebok as well as tech start-ups, individual entrepreneurs, web-series producers and filmmakers. Following his talk, there will be a Q & A session with the audience.

Web Series Panel – On June 8th, a group of digital media experts will discuss multi platform viewing options, technological expansion and how to use these tools to better engage a global audience. The panel will include Ana Kasparian (co-host of The Young Turks – the top online news show in the world), Elle Walker (co-founder of What’s Up Moms – the #1 Parenting Network on YouTube with 35 million monthly views), Phil Ranta (COO of Studio71, a global digital media company overseeing the talent network of 900 creators) and Jenni Powell (Emmy Award-winning producer of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Welcome to Sanditon, lonelygirl15, Emma Approved and The New Adventures of Peter and Wendt). The panel will be moderated by award winning producer and founder of Fun Little Moves, Frank Chindamo.

Technology Panel – On June 9th, three innovators with a track-record of success will share insight in today's media and it can best move creators' content and careers forward. The panel will include Julian McCrea (winner of 2 PROMAX awards and founder of Portal Entertainment) and Chadwick Turner (founder of Circle VR – an immersive media consultancy company). The panel will be moderated by CEO of Droisys Digital, Darrel Smith.

These immersive roundtables and talks with industry experts will not only provide a better understanding of the world of new media that comprise the films being screened at the festival, but will also help inspire future content creators to more easily share their stories

"New technologies have empowered and enabled creators outside the studio network system to make and develop cutting edge entertainment," says Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Matthew Modine. "New Media Film Festival highlights and showcases what will come next."

Tickets are still available for anyone interested in attending the festival, helping pick one of this year's Audience Award winning film and attending one of its other special events, including a VIP Soiree perfect for making networking within the industry, a live performance by the band Privet Earth or an international art exhibit.

For more information about the upcoming 7th annual New Media Film Festival and to purchase tickets please visit

About New Media Film Festival

Based in Los Angeles, the New Media Film Festival celebrates the ever-changing world of new media. The festival accepts new media entries across a variety of categories. The jury includes reps from HBO, Marvel, Oscars, Emmys, Grammys, among others. A total of $45,000 in awards will be presented at the 7th Annual New Media Film Festival June 7-9, 2016. Filmmakers from around the world attend. Industry leaders share wisdom on panels. Film fans, celebrities and content creators network with distributors and investors throughout.

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It's an Inside Out World – Book by Lori Carpenos – Helps Teens Find Peace of Mind & Inner Happiness

Helping Teens and Young Adults Find Peace of Mind, Happiness, Contentment & Personal Empowerment

It's an Inside Out World by Author Lori Carpenos, LMFT is now available at

WEST HARTFORD, CT, USA, March 23, 2016 / — Author Lori Carpenos, a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in West Hartford, CT, recently published, "It's an Inside-Out World" which is available for purchase at The book was written to help teens find peace of mind, more satisfaction and contentment by guiding them to explore a new paradigm of reality that enhances and improves the way they relate to themselves and one another. The paradigm shift is real, but the story line of the book is fictional as follows:

Two girls, who are learning about the effects of feelings and emotions and how they originate, do a test to discover whether feelings come from inside or outside themselves. As they see how to calm their minds, they begin to realize that fresh, new, positive thoughts naturally take the place of insecure thinking. They learn that they don't have to take other peoples' thinking personally because they are free to create their own reality. There is unlimited potential and the free will to choose which thoughts to act upon and which thoughts to let go.

Author Lori Carpenos points young people directly to the natural happiness and good feeling that are born into each and every person. This "inside out" path means no fixing, no focusing on problems, no trying to figure things out. Rather readers "wake up" to their own well-being and a fresh view of life! What a rare opportunity to not only discover health inside but to discuss anything immediately with Lori via her blog. A genuine connection like this has unlimited possibilities!
Kathy Marshall Emerson, Executive Director, National Resilience Resource Center

Lori has helped many, many people find happiness within. She now introduces us to two teenagers who do their own experiments to uncover the inside out nature of life. Find out their results, then try these experiments for yourself and see how this understanding benefits you!
Christa Campsall, B Ed, Dipl Sp Ed, M A; Website:

This book is for the kid at heart in all of us. Kids’ problems are our problems and vice versa, and the answers all point in the same direction: from the inside out. This is a very important book for teenagers that has potential to truly help them in their lives.
Jack Pransky, Ph.D., Author, Parenting from the Heart and Somebody Should Have Told Us!,
and coauthor, What is a Thought (A Thought is a Lot)

Lori Carpenos has written a book that is fluid and clear and a real eye-opener for youth. In simple, easy to understand terms, It's an Inside-Out World describes some of the difficulties in life that youth face in a way that can help all youth, and even adults, with their entire lives.
Ami Chen Mills-Naim, author of State of Mind in the Classroom and The Spark Inside.

A fresh and contemporary introduction to how life works for young people in their often multi-channeled, fast-paced world.
Dave Nichols, Executive Director, Center for Sustainable Change

About the 3 Principles
The book is inspired by the 3 Principles of Mind, Thought, and Consciousness, discovered by Sydney Banks in 1973. The 3 Principles of Mind, Thought and Consciousness, are simple words with simple definitions, yet their implications for humanity are limitless and profound. Their formlessness speaks to the source of reality, before all ideas and concepts, beliefs and belief systems.

Mind: The formless energy and intelligence of all Life.

Thought: The ability to create images and form ideas. The tremendous gift we have as human
beings to create our own emotional realities.

Consciousness: The ability to be aware of reality and of how reality is created for each of us.

These Three Principles work in unison from the inside out, creating each and every person’s
reality. They are always at work within us, whether we are aware of them or not.
When people recognize the Principles at work in themselves, they gain freedom and clarity.
They gain the ability to live life with grace and creativity, because they see that the external world holds no power over their peace of mind. Peace of mind comes from within, from a deeper, quieter source of Thought.

Everyone has access to insight, wisdom, and common sense. Stability, well-being, and personal security are our birthright, regardless of circumstances. When people realize they create their own mental suffering via the Principles, they begin to realize the resilience, wisdom, beauty, and genuine potential for a gratifying life that lies within them—beyond their limited, personal thoughts.

If you are looking for a way to help teenagers and young adults find a new way to deal with life’s challenges, you will love the metaphors introduced in this book. The book illustrates the sacred event of bringing formless energy into the world of form; and that we all have the power to choose how our own reality unfolds, as we walk the line between our spiritual essence and our physical existence in the best possible manner, using our gift of thought to enhance life rather than diminish it. This realization provides positive mental and emotional empowerment for teens, at the time in their lives when they are often feeling vulnerable or insecure. Any teen or adult who reads this book will learn that their personal thinking is a divine gift that allows them to think anything, and that they have the free will to choose which thoughts they act on and which ones they let go.

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Kicking Up Reproductive Freedom Through Live Streaming Theater on March 20

25 Plus Writers, 30 Actors, Reproductive Freedom, Health Rights and Justice in a One-Night Festival Live in New York and Live Streaming Everywhere

At a time when reproductive rights are under dire threat, the Reproductive Freedom Festival uses the power of the arts as a potent reminder of what is at stake: bodily autonomy and full equality.

— Producer, Reproductive Freedom Festival

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, March 9, 2016 / — The Reproductive Freedom Festival, a live theatrical and Live Streaming event, will take place on March 20, 2016, 6 to 9 pm (EST.)

The Live Stream, produced by partner Virtual Arts.TV is accessed directly (for free) at . The Live Streaming will be broadcast from New York City.

Writers and artists are speaking out about the past, present, future and timeless nature of reproductive freedom. At a time when reproductive rights are under dire threat, the Reproductive Freedom Festival uses the power of the arts as a potent reminder of what is at stake: bodily autonomy and full equality for all.

The performances are of short plays, poetry and spoken word selected from writers across the U.S., England and Canada about the past, present, future and timeless nature of reproductive freedom from an individual perspective. Topics address abortion rights, birth control, adoption, activism, pre-Roe years, incarceration of women in pregnancy, parenting, women who choose not to be mothers, medical care, menopause, sexual violence and politics.

In a partnership with VirtualArts.TV, high-quality multi-camera arts streaming program will bring viewers everywhere into the room with the actors. Viewers will be able to participate by tweeting and chatting with live audiences around the world. Artists and experts will speak to remote and live audiences, describing work across the country supporting reproductive freedom.

The theatrical event follows on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court hearing in Whole Women's Health v. Hellerstadt, the most important abortion case in more than a decade. “Writers and artists are keeping up the drumbeat for people’s rights to make individual decisions about their healthcare and reproductive decisions without the interference of politicians, reactionary forces or the government,” said Cindy Cooper, director of Words of Choice, the producing organization.

The evening runs three hours and the performances are presented in half-hour segments. They are: HEROINES 6 pm – 6:30 pm, NEXT GENERATIONS 6:30 pm – 7 pm, CONFLICTS 7 pm – 7:30 pm, BODY POLITICS 7:30 pm – 8 pm, DISCOVERIES 8 pm – 8:30 pm, and WHAT WE KNOW 8:30 pm – 9 pm (all EST). Music, electronic art and interviews will interlace the half-hour performances. There will be a 5:30 (EST) performance focusing on Ireland and specific concerns there.

Writers in the Reproductive Freedom Festival include Marge Piercy, Jessica Litwak, Grisel Acosta, Angela Bonavoglia, Allie Costa, Judith Arcana, Jeremey Rishe, Yvette Heyliger, Mildred Lewis, Ellen Cohen, Kitty Chen, Laura Shamas, Henry Howard, Winter Miller, Margie Duffield and Greg Pliska, Mercedes Sanchez, Nicole Goodwin, Laura Zhatos. Michael angel Johnson, Jessica Feder-Birnbuam, Henry Howard, Debbie Miller, Junita Middleton, Ave Marie Cross, Melissa Bell, HSHP Drama Club, Abortion Looks Like (Jenny Dodson Mistry and Nadia Chait), Marcy Arlin, Stephen Cedars, V-Card Diaries (Therese Shechter) Samantha Lierens and Homework Collective (Ireland).

Directors include Thais Flaitt Giannoccaro, Joan Kane, Atonia Pettiford, Marcy Arlin, Francesca Mantani Arkus and Melanie Sutherland. Malini Singh McDonald of Theatre Beyond Broadway will co-host. Stacey Linnartz is the festival’s artistic consultant. Kathryn Velvel Jones is CEO of VirtualArts.TV.

Tickets to be in the New York City audience (limited seating) may be purchased at BrownPaperTickets, . The Reproductive Freedom Festival is a SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) event.

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International Biosciences' Children's DNA Test Features in The Sun

International Biosciences, a Brighton based DNA testing company, has recently had its latest Children’s DNA Discovery test reviewed in The Sun.

BRIGHTON, UNITED KINGDOM, February 15, 2016 / — The test is one of the latest personalised genetic tests on the market and purports to determine a child’s competence, prowess and academic potential in certain areas by analysing their genes.

International Biosciences' Sales and Marketing Director, Mr Mark Purseglove, notes that, "The Sun is a leading newspaper with the tenth biggest circulation in the world and the biggest in the UK. Having our company’s latest product, the Children's DNA Discovery Test, featured in a newspaper with such a wide distribution is a great opportunity to build product and brand awareness, which is an essential part of all our marketing efforts. This product review is an important source of information for those seeking our services and to learn about them."

The test, carried out on two young girls, is performed by swabbing the mouth using sterile mouth swabs and then sending these swabs to the laboratory for testing. The results are reviewed by the girls’ mother who describes them as "an interesting mix of surprises and information". A company representative further comments on the test by stating that, "This genetic test is useful, fun and can really help parents maximize their parenting and guide their children better."

Asked by The Sun whether it is right to carry out such tests on children, Annabel Laister, from International Biosciences, states that, "We feel it gives parents a great opportunity to find out more about how their children’s genes influence their innate abilities and tendencies […] as well as boost the child’s potential." Annabel’s views are juxtaposed with those of Dr David King, Director of Human Genetics Alert whose views sharply contrast Annabel’s. His concerns revolve around the questionable reliability of these tests and whether they could lead to children being stigmatized at school by teachers and peers. To view full article as featured in The Sun Click Here.

On a concluding note, the company states that, "International Biosciences understands the concerns voiced by Dr. King. We understand the product’s limitations and advise parents to consider the multitude of factors that influence their child’s personality, traits and abilities. We do not in any way state that the information provided by this test is life-changing. The test can make the job of parenting easier by understanding how your child’s genes influence who they are; but genes are not the be-all-and-end all: many environmental, lifestyle and social factors might override what our genes predispose us towards. As Annabel is quoted as saying in the The Sun, this test provides “additional guidance” and children should, as Dr. King notes, "have a right to an open future, not to be stereotyped by their parents on the basis of genes."

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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, October 22, 2015 / — Givling, developer of gamified crowdfunding apps for social good, unveiled findings from a consumer survey that suggests online games can help players reduce stress and perhaps even help people manage stress better.

The majority of survey participants reported being most drawn to so-called “casual” games such as puzzles, trivia, and mazes that are typically played on a mobile phone or computer. Of the 70% of those surveyed who said they regularly take part in such gaming, 91% claimed the games help them de-stress. In fact, 53% say they play games specifically to de-stress while nearly a third claim the de-stressing element of games can have a positive impact on their job, relationships, parenting or schoolwork.

Furthermore, players who report leading stressful lives are 10% more likely to deal with stress than those who don’t play games. 71% of those who play games say they generally live happy and productive lives as opposed to the slightly higher percentage (76%) of non-gamers who expressed the same.

“It might seem counter intuitive to those who think playing games might stress people out or hurt their lives by taking up too much of their time, but our research shows gaming can have quite the opposite effect,” said Givling Founder and CEO Lizbeth Pratt.

Is gaming a waste of time?

To be sure, 60% of those who don’t play games dismiss them as a waste of time. But 65% of those who play say if they weren’t playing games, they’d be doing something else that’s unproductive.

Is gaming about being anti-social?

While 75% of gamers said they were more likely to play alone than with others, the groups of gamers and non-gamers both shared similar results when it came to being sociable—about half of both groups reported helping people at least once per day and maintaining a positive outlook for humanity.

“For a long time, I think some assumed that gamers don’t contribute as much to society or care about people as much as non-gamers,” continued Pratt. “Clearly this isn’t the case. People who like to play games are just as likely to help out humanity. They’re just as likely to care about other people, and they’re just as hopeful for a better world.”

Does playing longer mute gaming’s mental health benefits?

Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, the benefits of games don’t seem to go down as gaming frequency goes up, though the survey does suggest that longer gaming sessions might erode at least some of gaming’s positive effects over time: those who tend to play 30 minutes at most per session are 17% more likely to have a positive outlook on life than those who play an hour.

For the most part, survey respondents report frequent play but short sessions: 69% play at least several days a week while 48% play at least once per day; 46% play no more than 30 minutes per session while 28% play up to an hour.

“While it may not be advisable for people to whittle the day away playing games, our survey suggests most people bring a healthy approach to gaming, fitting it in for a few minutes here and there to reap some significant mental health benefits,” added Pratt.

More than 500 US-based Internet users 18 years old and over participated in the Givling survey, which was conducted online in September of 2015.

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About Givling
Launched in March of 2015, Givling sprung from a very simple idea: merge crowdfunding and gaming to help solve a major financial problem while rewarding funders for their generosity. Givling is an online trivia game in which players (or “funders”) pay 50 cents to compete with one another for the chance to win cash awards and million dollar potential. The more people pay to play, the more money Givling collects to help pay off the student loans of those in Givling’s queue. Givling gives away 90% of all proceeds to pay champions and student loans in queue. Givling can be played in all US states except Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Iowa, Maryland and Tennessee.

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Tucker Toys Wins 11 Awards – Adds Direct Retailer and Consumer Business Model

Tucker Toys’ Award-Winning 2015 Lineup

Tucker wins 11 awards, expands business model and also enters special needs toy market.

VOORHEES, NJ, USA, October 1, 2015 / — It’s been a great year for Tucker Toys. The toy manufacturer has taken the consumer market by storm with partners like the Toy Insider, and the new 2015 toy introductions have received 11 awards in 2015 as a consumer-facing company. The choice to also engage with retailers directly has proven very rewarding.

Between March – July, Tucker Toys evolved from marketing only through a few international distributors to 45 countries currently with a strong public outreach, engaging kids and families directly. Every toy created by Tucker has received awards from various prestigious organizations including Mom’s Choice, Parents’ Choice, The National Parenting Center, The Toy Insider and veteran toy marketer Einstein, da Vinci and Goldberg. Most recently, two of Tucker's toys received special needs approval by AblePlay (division of Lekotek), proving the versatility of Tucker’s toy innovation that brings value to parents and benefits to children across the spectrum.

While every toy from Tucker’s 2015 lineup is award-winning, no one anticipated that two balls, one with more than a decade’s global history and one brand-new for 2015, were so exceptional that they found a place among toys unique enough to accommodate children with special needs – an endorsement that was completely unexpected when Tucker’s new evolution began. The famous Phlat Ball and E-Z Grip Ball have been donated by Tucker nationally to all of AblePlay’s Toy Lending Libraries.

"The Phlat Ball and E-Z Grip Ball provide kids with special needs an inclusive experience during play. The balls are enticing to kids of all abilities and there are tons of ways to explore and play! The Lekotek mission is to make the world of play accessible to all children and unite families. Toys like the Phlat Ball and E-Z Grip Ball can help kids reach milestones while having fun!" – Ahren Hoffman, Manager of Industry Relations & Partnerships

The Crush-It! Bat knocked 2015 out of the park, literally. The world’s only adjustable-power bat received 5 awards in 3 months, as its racquet-string technology provides unprecedented safety among baseball bats and unparalleled versatility that facilitates social interaction among kids of all ages and skill levels.

The Zoingo Boingo Pogo continues to receive more awards with its popularity. The ZB Freestyle Board (spin-off of Zoingo Boingo Pogo) caters to older kids and won the National Parenting Center’s Seal of Approval because of its uniqueness and that the toy testers would not stop playing with it!

With so much positive feedback from the public, Tucker Toys has been paying it forward through donations to youth camps and community organizations all over the U.S., Canada and the UK. Publications are featuring Tucker Toys in their repertoires of toys recommended for healthy, active families.

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Camille Forte
Tucker International, LLC
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