Today’s generation of kids are more exposed to modern technology – they have mobile phones for communication, have the internet as reference for their school work and have mobile or video games for pleasure. While some parents would still love to see their children read hardbound books or play outside, times change fast and so does technology.
Most parents disapprove of their children playing video games because they know that video games are addicting and could get in way of their children’s school work. If you’re one of these worried parents, try looking at video games in a whole new light and find out why your children love it so much.
Here are some of the benefits that 2 hours in front of the PC could actually give your children:
Provokes Positive Emotions
According to a study, playing computer games makes a player feel 10 positive emotions namely awe and wonder, belief, curiosity, contentment, creativity, excitement, joy, love, pride and surprise.
Commercial game developers understand this and believe that the success of a game relies on how many positive emotions it provokes when played.
Presents Educational Benefits
According to a study from the Education Development Center and Ready To Learn (RTL), digital media including video games could enhance early literacy skills in children especially when supervised by parents or teachers.
They encourage children to higher-order thinking skills such as plan formulation and execution, strategic thinking, problem-solving and interpretative analysis. Through gaming, children also grasp the concept of responsibility, teamwork and achieving goals.
Improves Motor Skills
A study done by health researchers at the Deakin University in Australia showed that children who regularly played interactive computer games presented better motor skills compared to children who didn’t.
Gamers displayed better object control motor skills like throwing a ball, catching and kicking. Studies show that kids who played video games also displayed better eye-coordination.
As a parent, you very well know that your child needs a healthy combination of mental and physical exercise. There are various gaming consoles that promote both such as the Nintendo Wii and Wii U, Sony PlayStation Move and Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect. If your children are fond of playing video games, encourage them to play on these gaming consoles – it’s like hitting two birds with one stone.
Most parents think of playing games on consoles as a time-wasting activity, but little do they know that most of them are designed for group and social play. There are thousands of different group and family games out in the market. It creates an opportunity for some meaningful quality time with family and friends.
While playing video games may give your children these benefits, it is still highly important that you let them play in moderation. Say, for example, allow them 2-3 hours of game play each day only after they’ve done all their homework.
It is also important to check the games they play like if it’s suited to their age or if it’s too violent. Parental guidance is still the most important thing.