Video games have become a very common mode of recreation for children as well as adults. Often, we hear about issues related to the ill effects of this technology, be it the excessive violence, gender stereotyping, or the preference of staying indoors instead of playing outdoors. Some major ill effects definitely exist, but the other side of the story cannot be ignored completely.
No matter what, video games are a very popular form of recreation for children. Do not think of it as some evil thing or a taboo in your house, owing to the excessive hype about its disadvantages. Think of it as an added recreational option that your child can opt for. These games can actually prove to be a highly enjoyable activity, provided that they are chosen wisely, and the time spent on playing does not overshadow other outdoor games, studies, and activities.
Not all video games include violence and other negative things. There is a wide range of educational games that provide wholesome entertainment and education, without being uncool or boring. They can actually assist your child in grasping topics and concepts from his syllabus as well as help to enhance the general knowledge. Quiz games, math games, and a number of others can actually prove to be a fun way to get the kids interested in subjects like math and science.
Video games involve quick hand-eye coordination to overcome the hurdles. Quick actions and movements while playing can actually improve the child's hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. However, the point still remains that time restriction has to be imposed on the gaming activity.
Food for Thought
Barring a few, almost all video games have one thing in common: they make the player think. They can actually help your child to build up his strategic and analytical thinking abilities. Arcade games, puzzles, or even strategy games require strong analytical thinking abilities to develop strategies in order to overcome the set obstacles. Strategic thinking abilities can be developed and honed while playing these.
Making video games a social activity is the key to avoid a child's overindulgence and addiction to them. Invite your child's friends over to enjoy the game, or make it a family affair that everyone can enjoy. If you allow your child to enjoy a game in the multiplayer mode, you can participate in the fun with him, or let the kids enjoy together. This will imbibe in him a sound sense of teamwork and cooperation.
Today being the age of technology, every child has to grow up to be an adult in the age of high technology and developments. No one can shy away from new and upcoming technology. Video games are a fun way to make your child feel comfortable with the technology and embrace it without intimidation. Gadgets, gizmos, accessories, and wires will not intimidate your child in the future.
Have you seen the smile on a child's face just after he/she has won a game? Yes, in addition to all these advantages, video games can actually enhance your child's confidence level by providing a sense of achievement after every win. When a child masters a particular game, the sense of excellence that she/he gets, boosts his morale, and increases the self-confidence.
Hence, before obsessing over the negatives of video gaming, do remember the above positive points as well. Remember, moderation is the key.