Video Games and Your Kids – The Good and the Bad

Having your kids play video games in a healthy way can be a fine line to walk. On one end games can ruin a lot of traits your kids need to develop. On the other side, games can be a great way to develop some of their other traits.

There are many reasons for one side or the other. Games can be a blessing or a curse. A little guidance can clear things up a bit. Here are a few reasons from both sides of the spectrum.

The Negatives of Letting Your Kids Play Games.

-Games can be very addictive. As a parent you have to remember to take control of their game time. If you let them play as much as they want, they will easily get addicted. And this can cause problems with their behavior and listening. Gaming in small amounts or for an allotted time is key here. Make sure they do other things too.

-Not every game is safe for your kids. They have a rating system in place that is fairly easy to follow. Use it, and get games that your child can handle. Every kid is different too. Some games will be okay with some kids, while others won’t. It doesn’t always have to be kid games. It just depends on how your child handles things.

-Sometimes it’s hard for children to tell the difference between reality and fantasy. Remember to talk with kids about the content in these games and teach them what is real and what is not. And that it’s just a game.

-They may not want to do anything else. This coincides with the addiction. It can be easy to just want to play games all the time. But just remember to teach them to do other activities as well. They will become a more well rounded person by participating in a different activities.

The Positives of Letting Your Kids Play Games.

-They can develop dexterity. Games are a great way to develop hand eye coordination. As well as develop the muscles in their hands. This is something that can come in handy later in life. Especially nowadays when computers and technology are a mainstay of everyday life.

-Some games are very artistic. Some games are great for stirring the imagination. Run with that when you turn the game off. Have them tell you a story or draw picture. It can be good for developing artistic abilities.

-Games can help with reading. Most games now will have the option to have subtitles during dialogue. And if your child is patient enough to sit through games with a lot of dialogue, it can be great way to develop their reading skills. They can read along as the characters are talking.

-Games are a great way to spend time with your kids. They can be an excellent way to spend quality family time with your kids. This family time can help with bonding between members of the family. Not to mention that it can be a lot of fun. For both parents and children.

Do You Let Your Kids Play Games?

I think the argument will always remain open. But games can be great for kids if used in moderation. Anything in excess is not usually a good thing. If used to baby sit the kids, it will have bad repercussions.

But if used wisely and with learning in mind, games can be a great way to help your child develop skills they will use as they get older.

The key is moderation and guidance on the parents part. Anything can be a bad thing without the guidance of parents. That is what they are for. To teach and help children grow.