Why Video Games Are Good For Kids

What the benefits of video games are and how to tell if your kids have had too much.

Though you may remember a time when they didn't even exist, there will never be a time again that they won't be around. Video games are a technological explosion from year to year as the games become more and more realistic, jumping in a very short time from flat screens with bouncing balls to 3-D total immersion games. Video games can now talk to you, using your name and they have become so realistic that there are even devices that make you feel vibrations in your hands when you bump into a wall or get punched by an enemy. There is a lot of controversy about how bad video games are for children, in regards to violence, and general obsession with playing, so much so that nothing else matters to them. Having been quite involved in more than one video game in my time, I can attest to the fact that they can become quite addicting and there is a kind of obsession that drives you to keep playing until you've won the game, but are video games all bad?

Video games have many benefits to children which most of us never even think of. Video games promote good eye-hand coordination, problem solving skills, critical thinking and competition. There is always competition in a video game, whether it be against the computer, another player or your own self. Competition is healthy in urging us to do our best and succeed. Critical thinking skills are important in school as are problem solving skills. Video games are also beneficial in introducing children to computers and while not the most popular games among children, there are many educational games.

Of course, moderation is the key to any good thing. If you think your child is spending too much time with his face stuck to the television or if he gets irritable when you ask him to turn it off, it's probably too much. Set limits on how long your child can play each day and make sure he goes outside to play once in awhile!



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