Are Video Games Bad for Kids?

Is playing video games bad for kids? Such a question is rather opened ended as it depends on so many factors. But as in most things in life, everything is more or less okay in moderation. There can be good and bad in nearly everything if you drill down far enough and playing video games is no different than any other pastime. Due to the advances in technologies, online video gaming is growing at such a rapid pace. The advancements in fast speed internet connection around the world has meant that all four corners are now connected together with instant ease and access. Research has shown that gaming is the most popular leisure activity worldwide, and the computer has the power to affect the lives of kids everywhere.

The Health Impact

The Health Impact
The Health Impact

Long gone are the days that kids would rush home from school, change their clothes and rush out to play outdoors with their friends. But this is not a particular fault of video games, society has changed so that many parents want to see exactly where and what their kids are doing. Letting your kids out of the house for hours unattended is also quite a taboo. This is where online gaming has stepped in, it suits both the parent and the kids for them to stay in their rooms and occupy their time by playing their favorite games.

The Mind Impact

Any activity that can stimulate the mind has to be good to some extent. And playing games certainly can expand a child’s knowledge. Experts also cite that online gaming is good for proactive thinking and increases social interactivity. So, what you used to gain meeting friends by playing football in the streets you can now achieve camaraderie online playing against other kids, and from all over the world. 

Designated Learning Games

Some games have been designed as games that educate kids, that either expand on a chosen subject or reinforce a geographical or historical event. Surely this cannot be a bad thing, and even if the kids are missing out on physical activity, they are expanding their minds.

Designated Learning Games
Designated Learning Games

Violent Games

There has been much criticism leveled at violent games, and in some cases is very justified. Some scientific tests have involved separating two groups of kids, one group played an ultra-violent game and the other a high-octane action game. An MRI brain scan of both of the groups showed no difference in the brain activity of either group. Of course, this is only one test and there is evidence also that contradicts these findings. The truth is that some video games lead to aggressive behavior of the kids that play them, other games pacify and engage the kids positively. It depends on the games and the kids. Some psychologists now believe that kids that sit alone in front of a computer screen can seriously be at risk of being socially isolated. And that children that are outside playing games with their peers are far more likely to pick up important social skills. The reality is that a mix of gaming and outdoor pursuits is the answer, and that following one pastime by itself is not the answer.    

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