Why Kids Should Game

It’s not unusual for kids of all ages to adore video games. And there are many educational video games parents can play with their kids. There are also a number of parents who are gamers themselves who make a solid argument that kids should game.

But, having your kids “glued” to the screen, when they need to be getting ready for bed is a regular parenting nightmare. We’ve all been there with our kids glued to their video games and generally find it a headache to pull them off.  So many parents make the argument video games create much friction in their home.

So what’s the answer? Do video games offer kids any real practical benefits?

Yes! Surprisingly, there are significant benefits to playing video games and in this short article, we will reveal some of the most compelling and share why kids should game.

Why Kids Should Game! 6 Practical Benefits of Video Games

  1. Promotes Reading

Research shows that children who play video games could get a small boost to their reading skills. This is true even for kids who have a hard time reading and those who just play action games.

Studies show that this link could be due to the need to read manual instructions while playing and navigating through the game.

Correctly reading instructions is essential to moving to the next stages of any game, so to advance through the game your kid will be forced to read.

Additionally, playing online games could be a smart way to transition those kids that struggle to read books but will happily open a laptop or tablet to read through a website on their favorite gaming character.

Of course, reading is essential for kids, and nothing will replace a hardback book.

 

  1. Spatial Abilities

Many games are set in 3D virtual environments that kids have to operate and steer. Usually, with these games, there are no maps to help guide the way.

This means that kids who play these games have the opportunity to practice visual-spatial abilities. This can lead to a greater perception of distance and space.

This is a very acute skill that all children can strengthen by playing common video games.

  1. General Problem-Solving

Every video game includes a simple or complex challenge. Some games can be senseless, like Pac Man, but many others are complicated with detailed maps, mazes and mysteries to uncover.

These problems are usually very intricate and will help to increase your child’s general problem-solving skills.

Moreover, some researches support the idea that playing video games develop planning, organization, and resilient thinking, which are all crucial for effective mental development.

However, it’s important not to go overboard here as there is little to no evidence to support the idea that “train the brain”  games actually have a positive impact in the real world.

  1. Social Bonds

Some kids have difficulty fitting in and socializing in the real. Video games are a manageable and real way to make friends and connect with people who share your interest and have time to interact with you.

This virtual getaway gives kids the opportunity to have virtual playdates with real-life friends.

Furthermore, Video games, are a hot topic and it’s not uncommon for the release of new games to be a trending topic in school.

This gives all types of kids the opportunity to socialize in a mutually friendly way and can ease social tension.

However, it’s important to remember that if your child struggles to make friends in real life they may still find it hard to find their “tribe” online. There are no guarantees, but video games do give them an additional platform to socialize that was not always there.

  1. Boost Imagination and Strengthens Creativity

Young kids love to play and find interesting and exciting ways to constantly use their imagination. But for older kids and teenagers, it can be more of a struggle to break free and be spontaneous, especially if other kids won’t accept you.

Video games give kids an opportunity to keep the imagination around play alive and gives your kids the opportunity to express themself in a safe and meaningful way.

  1. Video Gaming jobs

Gaming pays a lot more then it used to. In fact, a 16-year-old who won the first Fortnite Global World Cup competition won an eye-watering $3 million!

Gaming is transforming the economy as more kids seek out lucrative careers in coding, gaming technology and unique mobile phone gaming apps.

In general, the video gaming industry is moving much faster than regular sports and entertainment as more kids learn, interact and socialize with other kids, all from the comfort of home.

While video games will never replaced the one on one attention all children need, it’s an important part of expression, learning and can prove to be a generous stepping stone into a variety of online opportunities.

Do you have a child who loves gaming? Share your favorite reasons why kids should game with us!


Mo Mulla is a work from home dad who enjoys reading and listening to music. He loves being a dad and husband to a growing family. He loves writing about his passions and hopes to change the world, 1 blog post at a time! You can find his parenting blog here: www.ParentalQuestions.com

11 Comments

  1. vidya on March 24, 2021 at 6:26 pm

    Playing video games this past year has certainly helped in social bonding during these months of being quarantined.. and I know both my teens get inspired by the games as they work on other projects of their own..

    • Leah Nieman on March 25, 2021 at 10:13 am

      Oh it has. It’s been so fun to see my son keep strong connections with friends as he has moved because he is able to game with them. Glad you are seeing that with your teens too!

  2. ChaRasing on March 24, 2021 at 8:59 pm

    I wonder how kids can easily learn video games than lessons in school :). Seriously, my son uses gamer terms that I don’t understand. I allow video games but with restrictions.

    • Leah Nieman on March 25, 2021 at 10:14 am

      So true! It’s hard to keep up on the terms isn’t it LOL

  3. Bri on March 24, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    Although I can’t wrap my head around gaming I can force myself to see some of the benefits it could have!

  4. Gervin Khan on March 25, 2021 at 7:10 am

    My kids and I love playing video games and yes, I agree that playing games help the kids to develop their analytical skills, social, reading, and aside from that they can possibly earn money. But remember, we can allow our kids to play video games with our supervision most especially if they are minors.

    • Leah Nieman on March 25, 2021 at 10:10 am

      Absolutely! Using the parental controls and supervising your kids while gaming is so important. I tell parents all the time we would never drop our kids off on a public playground and say “be back in 4 hours”.
      We need to take the same approach online. Let them play, but supervise the “playground”.
      Thanks for sharing your experience and insight!

  5. Sarah on March 25, 2021 at 5:25 pm

    Agreed. There are definitely benefits to games. My kids play simple ones on the ipad right now and I love watching their hand-eye coordination build.

  6. Sarah on March 25, 2021 at 8:18 pm

    I am not sure about gaming yet but naybe in the future i will be more open to it

  7. Cathy on March 25, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    Every story has two sides. I’m okay if the kids are not addicted to video games to affect their schoolwork and social life.

  8. Danielle on March 25, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    Love seeing different sides to this. Thanks for sharing.

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