Almost all children love to play video games and most parents wonder if there is any harm in it. Here you can learn the pros and cons of letting your kids play with video games.
The Good Points
Playing video games does not mean that kids have to play alone. Multiplayer games allow children to interact with each other and give parents the opportunity to do something with their children that they will both enjoy. Children learn to work as a group and still develop social skills by spending time with others while playing.
All kids need outdoor time, but on rainy days or during inclement weather, video games are a good way to pass the time while still developing hand eye coordination and simple motor skills. If the games have motion sensors, like Xbox Kinect and Wii, children can still get some exercise. While video games are a good supplement to exercise, it should not be their main source of physical activity.
Numerous hand held video games and video games in general, offer educational games also. The Nintendo DS has games to help kids learn another language, practice math facts and even learn to read. To obtain the max out of game play time, seek out games that are fun but also help your child learn something.
The Bad Points
Children who spend too much time glued to video games lack social interactions do not develop the personal skills they need. Even though there are games that allow your kids to play along with motion sensor, they only use less than half the calories that they would playing in “real life.”
Just like adults, children can also suffer from addictions. Video games are a toy and that is how they should be treated, not as a necessity. Parents find video games as an easy option to spending time with their kids or they use them as an electronic babysitter. Each child must have a time limit to their video game play or some type of parental control.
Video games and consoles are not cheap, every child wants them but they may not be mature enough to have them. Game systems like Leapster are more robust than a PS3 or Nintendo DS 3D, but each one is a significant investment. A kick ball or a jump rope are much less expensive and quality time with the family does not cost a thing.