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You'd be hard-pressed to find a kid who would say no to playing videogames. They’re fun, interactive, and a great way to pass the time. In fact, a study listed in Psychology Today found that kids are spending 50% more time on gadgets than ever before, and a good chunk of that time is spent playing videogames. If this is making you worry, then it shouldn’t be. Videogames have plenty more to offer kids than just flashy graphics.
The benefits of videogames for kids
Just as physical exercise is able to stimulate and improve one’s body, videogames do much of the same for the brain. For example, research conducted by the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China informs that long-time exposure to games could improve hand-eye coordination, focus, and memory. For children, this can only help them as they grow older.
In fact, separate findings on Romper highlight the ability of videogames to improve one’s problem solving and decision-making skills. They’ll also teach them to multitask.
Videogames in education
Because of the mentioned benefits above (and more), lots of schools have taken to integrating videogames into their lessons, too, especially in these restrictive months. Kevin Péloquin, a history teacher from Montreal, for example, had hoped to take his students on a trip to Greece for a closer look into the local culture and architecture. Fortunately, he found a solution in Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey—a videogame that, surprisingly, had accurate Greek elements that he was looking for.
Of course, besides taking existing videogames into the curriculum, there are also those that are intentionally made to be used in a classroom setting. One of the best examples of this is Minecraft: Education Edition.
Other videogames that are made to be used in the classroom include but are not limited to Scribblenauts for vocabulary, Math Blaster for numbers, and Civilization for economics as well as politics.
Videogames as a career
Aside from playing video games, your children could also end up developing, designing, or marketing games instead. In a previous post entitled ‘What Do You Think When You Hear The Word “Coding”?’, we mentioned how today’s job market is in dire need of coders, and a huge chunk of them end up making games. Then again, even if your kid is interested in other aspects like graphics design and story writing, there’s still a place for them in the industry.
So, are videogames good for your kids? The answer is a resounding yes. Whether they’re in it for the mental benefits or see it as a potential career, the industry offers an infinite number of possibilities.