As children spend more time in front of screens, parents and educators are raising concerns about the impact video games might have on kids. Are they making kids antisocial? Are they making them violent? The answer is yes…and no. It all depends on how you look at it. Let’s face it — video games can be an antisocial activity. But so can reading a book or watching TV. The key is to know your kid and their habits. If your child has a tendency toward isolation, then monitor their gaming time accordingly. If your kid is not an isolated type, perhaps the answer is to encourage more social gaming activities like board games or party apps, which are excellent ways for kids to make friends and interact with other players, even if they’re not in the same room together. Here are some other ways video games can actually improve a child’s learning and development:
Talk to your child about gaming
There are many misconceptions about gaming. To begin with, most people don’t realize that many games have educational elements, as well as storylines designed to appeal to children. If you can discuss gaming with your child, then you can also talk to them about the kind of content they see — or that they are exposed to on social media. This can help you stay on top of their internet and gaming habits, and let you know what kind of exposure they are getting. Parents should be aware that, just as with other media, children may be exposed to inappropriate content in video games. In order to protect children from inappropriate content in video games and other media, parents may want to consider monitoring and/or restricting their children’s media use.
Games can teach problem-solving skills
Many games feature puzzles or problems that require problem-solving. This is great for kids and their development. Kids can practice their problem-solving skills and discover new ways of thinking and working, and even if you solve the puzzle for them, it can help them understand why you did so, and how to apply that to similar problems in the real world. These puzzles and problems can also help kids develop their vocabulary, as well as improve their reading comprehension.
Games can help increase a child’s dexterity and hand-eye coordination
Many games require quick reflexes and coordination, and these can help improve a child’s dexterity and hand-eye coordination. This kind of dexterity is helpful in many aspects of daily life, and can also help kids reduce their risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive motion injuries.
Games can help improve spatial awareness and orientation
Many games feature spatial awareness elements like 360-degree views, and flying or driving games that help kids learn how to orient themselves in three dimensions. These games can help children develop spatial awareness and a sense of orientation, which is essential in many activities and careers.
Games can help develop a child’s sense of discovery and wonder
There are games that appeal to all ages and interests, from puzzles to flying and exploring the universe. These can help develop a child’s sense of wonder and curiosity. These elements of curiosity and discovery are a key component in many adult careers, but are also important for a child’s development.
Games can help boost a child’s self-esteem and confidence
Not only are games fun, but they often let children achieve goals and win. Kids love to win, and this can boost their self-esteem and confidence. These feelings can carry over into other aspects of a child’s life and help them succeed in the long run.
Children and teens are spending more and more time playing video games. Research has raised concerns that these games might negatively affect children’s health and development. However, recent research suggests that playing video games can have both positive and negative effects. Although playing video games can be harmful if kids spend too much time on them, overall, playing games has many benefits for health and development. All kids are different, so it’s important to understand your child’s habits and what kind of impact video games have on them. If your child is spending too much time gaming, then you should consider setting limits on their gaming time. If your child is not gaming too much, video games can be a helpful and fun way for them to learn and grow.