As parents and teachers everyone worries about the negative effect that playing video games can have on children and adults. We are led to believe that sitting playing these games can be damaging and also lead to the loss of social skills. Although playing these games for long periods of time are not good for anyone but playing them for shorter periods can, in fact, have the opposite effect. Whilst researching for this article the consensus of opinion is that an hour a day is about the right amount a time for a young child. These games can help to build the performance of the brain as they are being stimulated whilst the games are being played leading to better cognitive skills and for children they help with problem solving skills too. Of course the video games that children are playing should always be age related and appropriate. Let’s look at some of the benefits that develop whilst playing these games.
1. Builds Co-ordination and Brain Speed
Video games often have a set of tasks to complete to get to the next stage of the game and a child has to learn to quite quickly which items are needed to be found, which door has to be opened or which keys to push to help a character climb a mountain or jump over a river to complete a task. This will help them build a strong connection between their senses of sight, hearing and physical connections and will promote quicker responses in all these areas. It will also help build their skills in quickly solving the problems set by each particular game and by doing so improve their self-confidence in their ability.
2. Builds Memory, Attention and Concentration Levels
To be able to reach all the levels in a video game children have to be able to notice the hidden paths and short cuts along the way on each level, by learning to concentrate they reach or find the way to complete a level quicker. It also strengthens and builds their memory and this enables the levels to be improved on as they remember the different short cuts. If a video game uses keyboards as well, this will improve their skills in this area too.
3. Fun Way to Learn
Learning is important in all areas and by using video games in education it helps make learning fun and therefore easier for children to improve and build on all their skills especially their creative and cognitive ones. It also helps children, both young and older learn to multitask whilst they play but these skills can be transferred to everyday life as well. For instance having to push different buttons in sequence or perhaps buttons and joysticks simultaneously will build self-confidence as well as physical skills.
4. Builds Social skills
For older children playing Online Gaming where groups of people play at the same time can help build social skills and friendships. This can be overseen by adults if necessary, ensuring that the game remains safe for them to play when children are not old enough to understand.