Column: Are your child's games kid tested and parent approved?

It is no secret that kids love video games — they're exciting, fun and engrossing.

As a parent, you worry about the negative effects of screen time. Nevertheless, many video games are not only fun, but also build and strengthen cognitive development — skills in problem solving, reasoning, math and science. So how can a parent choose?

"In past decades, educational video games were known for poor design and cheap production," said Jason Wiser, faculty in the media arts and animation program at The New England Institute of Art, "with wonderful exceptions like Zoombinis and Oregon Trail putting all this shovelware to shame. But as gamers have grown up...