If you are currently holding back your children from playing video games because of reasons like it will affect their eye sights or their regular sleep… though to a certain degree it is true when the playing gets out of control but nonetheless video games are still not necessarily bad toys for kids. When played in moderation and under a parent’s supervision as well as when the correct types of games are played, they can even be a good thing.
Here Are Four Simple Benefits Behind Video Games For Children:
#1 – Hand Eye Coordination
Kids need to be able to watch their game play on the screen and react by using the hand controls without looking at the buttons. With newer game consoles there are motion sensor controls or devices that respond to their movements as well. Games systems such as the Wii, Xbox and PlayStation all have motion sensor games, improving a child’s hand eye coordination and motor skills.
#2 – Problem Solving
Most video games requires problem-solving skills throughout the game play. It may be something similar like reading a map or more complicated steps such as searching for clues in order to solve puzzles. Whatever skill level the game uses, children have to be able to think quickly and come to conclusions on their own. The conclusions that they come out determine the outcome of the game and whether they get to advance to the next level. If the decision made is wrong… they will have to understand why and make a new conclusion to see if they are right. Even when kids have to look up have to solve a level online, they are still putting their problem solving skills to use.
#3 – Team Work or Self-Entertainment
There are some children who just do not know how to entertain themselves and on the other hand there are children that do just do not know how to play with others. Video games can suit both of those needs and also improve on the skill that is lacking. For kids who cannot play alone, there are many online social games that can connect them to other players or even other friends playing the same game and this also helps children who normally prefer to play alone, work as a team.
#4 – Not So Sedentary Anymore
As mentioned above, many game consoles have motion sensors. Instead of just sitting in front of a screen, kids can now jump, swing and dodge objects and physically interact with the games they play. In addition to traditional games, there are also exercise games like Wii Fit or the Dance Dance Revolution lines. Not only are the games fun, but provide some level of physical activity. These can be a good alternative for outdoor play during inclement weather or when an adult cannot accompany the child outdoors.
Video games should never be used as a substitute for physical activity or used as a free babysitter, but when used in moderation or when a parent is willing to step in to supervise, there are benefits of video games for children to enjoy as well as skills that they can pick up! So if you are holding them back from playing any video games, you may wish to change your decision, let loose a little and let them play a game or two today!