Reasons Video Games Are Beneficial to Kids

Video games rarely seem to be good for anyone, let alone kids. But just like most things, there are good ways to do something and bad ways. Playing addictive video games all day and night that offer no real positive impact is not good. Video games can be so distracting that they can cause school, relationship and even health problems. However, when kids play the right kind of video games, and in moderation, positive outcomes are possible. Parents need to watch their children and give them structure when playing games to keep it from turning into something destructive.

  1. Child Development

    • There's no question that games such as baseball, soccer or football offer positive physical benefits. In the same way, video games can also offer similar benefits primarily for the brain and nervous system. Video games provide children with mental challenges such as solving complex problems to beat a level or opponent. Video games also strengthen the nervous system by reducing reaction times, improving hand-eye coordination and can raise self-esteem and confidence.

    Education Benefits

    • Not all video games are horrible blood, guts and violence like the media often wants us to believe. Due to the fact video games are so interactive, they make an effective tool for education purposes. Some educational games come standard in certain computer labs such as "Oregon Trail," "Mail Blaster" and "Reader Rabbit." These educational games are not only fun but specifically target certain learning areas for children such as problem-solving, critical thinking, math and comprehension.

    Communication Skills

    • Video games sometimes seem to be adverse to communication development, but that's not always true. Video games that require teamwork help bring children together and develop effective means of communication via problem-solving. Many online games require large amounts of communication with hundreds of players at a time. These games can also help with typing, reading and writing skills due to constant interaction.

    Exercise

    • Some video games systems such as the Xbox and Nintendo Wii offer video games with physical interaction. Many of these games mimic actual physical games such as baseball, soccer or football. The child will look at the video game screen and use peripheral hardware to simulate playing the real sport. For example, in Wii Baseball, the child will take the stance of a baseball player and physically swing at the incoming digital ball to hit. There are also other games specifically designed at exercise that require the player to dance, jump, hold positions and run.

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