Historically video gaming has had mixed reviews from parents and although it is still, of course, advisable to put a cap on ‘screen time’, there are also a number of ways that integrating video gaming into your child’s leisure time can be extremely beneficial.
Many years ago video gaming used to be viewed as quite a solitary and an almost isolating past time. However, so much has changed and the world of gaming actually now throws out ample opportunity for children to become more sociable and to create additional friendship groups. Not only is gaming now extremely interactive and allows for children to play together as a group activity but it also gives children opportunities to find common ground. Being ‘in the know’ about the latest game crazes and the most popular video games can also ensure that your child doesn’t get left behind in those all-important playground conversations, in turn building their confidence with their social skills and helping shyer children to feel like they fit in.
As so many computer games are now being developed to sit alongside academic subjects, video games are a fantastic way to motivate your children to learn. We have all experienced how two-dimensional classroom learning can be at times, and video gaming is a great way to bring certain subjects to life. If your child is struggling to get enthusiastic about a subject such as a history or a geography
why not bring those subjects to life by buying them an interactive game on that subject that could have a powerful visual impact on how he or she views that subject.
As so many computer games are now being developed to sit alongside academic subjects, video games are a fantastic way to motivate your children to learn. We have all experienced how two-dimensional classroom learning can be at times, and video gaming is a great way to bring certain subjects to life. If your child is struggling to get enthusiastic about a subject such as a history or a geography why not bring those subjects to life by buying them an interactive game on that subject that could have a powerful visual impact on how he or she views that subject.
Due to the complexity of many video games, there is a huge amount of problem-solving skills that need to be flexed. Whether it is navigating and solving the different worlds in the new Final Fantasy game or whether it is creating a whole new world in Civilisation game, the world of video gaming has never been more intellectually stimulating for those young minds. As problem-solving is such an important part of cognitive development in children video games can absolutely be used as a positive influence in this area.
So, yes video games, can also be a great way for children to alleviate stress. Many actually find that playing video games can actually have a therapeutic and positive effect on children of all different ages. This particularly applies to children with varying levels of emotional or mental issues. This comes down to the fact that video games allow children some much-needed respite from the stresses and strains of everyday life growing up. Problems at school, issues with friends or family members or even just hormonal ‘growing pains’ can all take their toll and children need an avenue of escapism from time to time.
Gaming offers just that. It allows children to tune out and let their minds rest which is crucial for overall emotional well-being. Children finding an outlet for relaxation also reduces the risk of heart problems and strokes later on in life. Relaxation also promotes healthy memory and helps fight off depression and encourages sharp decision making. It has even been found to suppress the urge to overeat and in some cases has been found to reduce acne. So the list of benefits of finding something, like video gaming, that your children enjoy, is incredibly important.
Although the above benefits go a long way in highlighting how video gaming can be used to the benefit of your child it is still recommendable to set limits on how much time your children are using them. It is advisable to start introducing the types of games you think could be beneficial to your child’s cognitive development, anything over the age of 6. From there it is best to try and limit any screen time to a maximum of two hours a day. That applies to both children and teenagers. When done right and with the right monitoring video gaming can absolutely be a positive influence on your child’s development.
CEO and Founder at Mighty Shouts.
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