You may have noticed that video games and gaming have grown exponentially in the last 20 years alone.
From the Mario Bros. games to current Virtual Reality titles; the options available for your entertainment are incredibly vast.
Now, If you are reading this blog, you probably enjoy and are old enough to play video games.
But really…how old is “old enough” to game?
Now depending on who you are asking, you are bound to get a lot of different answers.
Ask a gamer mom – and she might tell you that she has been gaming with her kids even before they could walk.
Ask an old-school grandma – and she might say that gaming is for kids anyway, and not adults!
Ask a politician – and he might say that video games rot children’s minds and should be banned at all costs.
(Wait a minute…why are we asking a politician anyway?!!)
Let’s compare for ourselves a few of the pros and cons of gaming for children.
1.) problem-solving skills
2.) boosts creativity
3.) friends with similar interests
4.) learn friendly competition
5.) leadership skills
6.) decision-making skills
7.) stress reducers
8.) learned multi-tasking
9.) increased motor skills
1.) violent games
2.) link to childhood obesity
3.) possible addiction
There has been a good amount of research on this topic; and yet there are still too many factors involved to have a one size fits all response.
It is up to each individual parent or guardian to decide what is best for each individual child.
But one thing I do know for sure is….
Video Games Bring Parents and Kids Together.
So if you are undecided on whether or not to allow your child to play a certain game, or to play games at all… Instead of saying no – Get the game and surprise your child by inviting them to have a gaming session with you! Pop the popcorn, snuggle on the couch and go on the adventure together!
This will not only create incredibly special memories for your child; it will also create an even closer bond between you and your child that you may never have known was possible!
Gaming with your child:
Encourages open communication between you both.
Increases the feeling that you are really a team.
Shows your child that you really care about their interests.
Opens up a hobby that you can do together.
Invites a world of fun into your home!
I am a big fan of children being able to game. The creativity involved in gaming is something that every child should be able to experience.
Everything should be in moderation. Monitor, yet support your child’s gaming.
Your new gaming buddy may become the next big video game developer!
Whatever they want to be or do…support them. They need you.
“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning.” ~ Mr. Rogers