There is so much negative news about gaming today that many parents are unaware that there are many positive effects of gaming on children too. If you are worried about the potential harm from video games, that’s good – that means you’re paying attention, but please understand that there are many good things about video games too.
Improves Concentration Ability
Most gamers learn to block the outside world out to get a higher score. This ability can translate into being able to study even when there is noise and to learn to focus no matter what is going on around them.
Improves Critical Thinking Ability
When you need to analyse your moves to stay alive or to build something logically during gaming, it helps develop critical thinking skills. You learn that doing A causes B and so forth. That can translate over into real life.
Improves Decision-Making Skills
Getting to start over a game and play it again based on what you learned before is a great way to improve decision-making skills. Because of experience making choices, including the wrong ones, over time they become more skilled at it.
Improves Goal Setting Skills
Reaching a goal requires the ability to first set goals, and then follow through with the plan. Gaming helps kids practice this skill as they set up strategy to get to the next level of a game.
Improves Hand-Eye Coordination
As they say, practice makes perfect. Whenever you use something a lot, it gets better, and that includes hand-eye coordination used in gaming. Military officials like hiring experienced gamers for this reason.
Improves Health Outlook
Naturally, you are probably thinking that this cannot be true. But kids who are ill already, such as having cancer or other illnesses that keep them from being able to play with kids one-on-one, experience better health through gaming due to a better mental outlook.
Improves Motor Skills
The skills you use in gaming are often considered fine motor skills. That simply means that they can use their finger and thumb together to accomplish a task. Gaming improves these skills exponentially.
Improves Problem-Solving Skills
Games put problems right in front of the gamer that they solve. When playing the game, they need to figure things out, resolve conflicts, overcome roadblocks, and make decisions to be successful in the game. The experience of solving a problem and getting a reward by moving up a level or getting points or something of value really helps increase those types of skills.
Improves Social Skills
It might seem like it’s not true, but otherwise introverted kids that in the “old days” would be stuck up in their room reading books, are now actually socialising with their friends via the games.
Improves the Ability to Work in Teams
Many games are team-focused, which means that your child can get accustomed to working in groups via the game. This is a great skill to develop because it’ll help them in a job.
Of course, every single benefit and positive effect of gaming comes with the clarification that achieving these positive effects means that as a parent you’re involved, you talk openly to your kids, and you are paying attention to what is happening with gaming – including how gaming ratings, limits, and parental involvement help improve the positive effects experienced by gamers.
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