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So…the topic of gaming at a young age and its effects is something I have recently discussed. My thoughts on this are quite the opposite of anything negative, though I have found that most people believe there is nothing positive to gain from gaming early on. This topic could not be more misunderstood, this is why I chose to bring the truth to light. Most adults probably already have their set opinions regarding gaming and how it affects children and teens. It is true that some are influenced by certain games and tend to reflect what they have learned into the real world with very harmful outcomes. But, this is not always the case. Not every child is affected this way. Studies have been done that show no negative influences what so ever, proving that everyone is different and is affected mentally in very different ways. In fact, some games can have extremely positive influences. Could gaming actually promote healthy development in children? Indeed they can! Children find themselves enjoying the challenge, they may find that they enjoy challenging themselves and their skill set. Online gaming can even help to develop social skills and teamwork. Even if the activity is not set in the real world, gaming challenges the mind in ways that transfer into daily life quite easily. The concentration and extended efforts that go into gaming can be the start of recognizing one’s budding passions. If anything gaming can teach a child or teen to never give up. Gaming can teach lessons such as never giving up and teaches us to try, and try again until the goal is officially achieved.
Could gaming actually promote healthy development in children? Indeed they can! Children find themselves enjoying the challenge, they may find that they enjoy challenging themselves and their skill set. Online gaming can even help to develop social skills and teamwork. Even if the activity is not set in the real world, gaming challenges the mind in ways that transfer into daily life quite easily. The concentration and extended efforts that go into gaming can be the start of recognizing one’s budding passions. If anything gaming can teach a child or teen to never give up. Gaming can teach lessons such as never giving up and teaches us to try, and try again until the goal is officially achieved.
Studies have been conducted and despite what most might think, scientific research has yet to prove gaming is bad for development. In fact, the opposite can be said. Studies showed that children who played an hour or less a day were actually happier and were better in social settings than those that didn’t game at all. As I have always thought, these studies also proved that games can teach children some very important skills for life such as problem-solving, planning and strategic thinking, persistence, empathy and collaboration. All very important life skills for sure.
When you are stuck in a game, you must find a way to figure it out before moving onto the next level, an important lesson for any of us to learn when it comes to dealing with life and all its challenges. Yes, there are even benefits to violent shooter games. First benefit being, hand-eye coordination. Faster reaction and problem-solving time is another positive benefit. Parents should consider shooter games as a problem worry if there is a noticeable change in the child’s behavior after game play. Parents should teach their children the difference between reality and gaming fiction. This should be an ethical choice made by parents to determine their child’s level of maturity. Obviously, playing age appropriate games is key. The main character of the game should be a positive influence, probably not a thug out to deal drugs and make money any way they can. Children should understand that while in games people recover from violence when in real life that may not be the case. Parents are responsible for teaching their children the difference between reality and what happens in
Over gaming can also be an issue. There should be a proper balance, children should be able to game but not at the expense of forgetting to interact in daily life or other activities such as school work or reading. This balance is necessary for building great human skills that we all need to live productive lives. Gaming is a great escape and a great way to challenge your mind. For most of us, it is in fact, our favorite escape, a way for our brains to stop over thinking and relax, to think freely without hesitation.
The best types of games for learning are action-adventure games. Story games. Games that require one to actually think and problem-solve. Experts say it is important to suggest your child takes at least five-minute breaks in between gaming sessions 60 minutes or longer. Parents worrying if their child is addicted to gaming should realize it is only an addiction when or only if the child is compromising important everyday life activities. If their school work is failing, homework ect., or if you find a decline in the amount of friends the child has. Parents should keep track of the rating of games and fully understand what each rating means. This will help parents determine what games are appropriate for their child. Be aware of what your child is playing and keep the lines of communication open and use those security settings. Gaming can play a very positive role in nurturing a maturing mind, as long as the content is appropriate for each age group.
Gaming can provide some amazing family moments. Gaming time can mean great family time. Working together as a team or supporting each other to get through a game can bring everyone closer, causing even siblings to work as a team. It can bring several points of view to the table and give some eye-opening insight when it comes to solving a problem from different prospectives. Not everyone thinks along the same lines, it’s good to open your mind to new ways of achieving the ultimate goal. Thinking outside your comfort zone can result in major personal growth.
Gamers like us have known that gaming can be beneficial to children and their development if given in the right doses. I wanted to touch base on this topic so that others can see the actual research being done to prove it. How many times have we been told gaming is a waste of time or that is does more harm than good? How many times have you been told that you game too often and it’s going to rot your brain? Too many to count for me! Well, next time someone says that to you, you can show them this article. Tell them to do their own research. The answers are out there if they are willing to really look. And eventually, they will have to admit they were wrong!
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