How Video games can affect on kidís developmentVideo games can make kids smarter - A thing that all parents are constantly repeating is telling their kids to stop playing video games. Itís because they donít want their kids to be socially isolated, lazy or to have a learning deficiency.
How Video games can affect on kidís developmentVideo games can make kids smarter
By Tanja Bogdanoska
Nov 28, 2011 - 5:08:44 PM
A thing that all parents are constantly repeating is telling their kids to stop playing video games. Itís because they donít want their kids to be socially isolated, lazy or to have a learning deficiency.
But the truth is that while there are games which can not affect on kidís development, there are other games that can help. Actually, the results of many researches specify that video games can make kids smarter. We can not deny it that video games are taking a huge part of the kidís life. As a parent sure you donít want the best for your child, so itís quite reasonable to search an explanation for ďhow video games affect on the childrenís brain?Ē, or ďare video games just a waste of time?Ē Well, many academics and scientists involved in a study on this issue notice that video games can actually make your kids smarter. How is that possible?
First you have to know that video games are learning tools because they require problem solving. During the game, every level has its own difficulties. In the initial levels, the player is confronted with basic problems. The scientists named these problems as tutorials for building the problem-solving skill. If the player manages to solve the ďinitialĒ problems, he will be able to solve more complex problems.
For an instance, the player is confronted with a new problem, a new type of monster. To solve the problem he will redesign his basic problem-solving skill by integrating the old skills with the new one. This cycle is recurred trough the game.
Video games are a great way for developing strategic thinking. According to James Gee, a professor of education, taking part in a video game is similar to working on a science project. If you want to win the game you have to find the right strategy. That is the same thing that the students in a laboratory do. For an example, the player has to release the victims that are capped by the pirates. He creates a strategy for his path of movement, the type of weapon he will use and many other things. Then he tries to complete his plan. That way heíll know if the plan was the right one. If he fails in his first attempt to release the victims, he has to make new plan for the next time he will play.
Gaming can be used as an effective tool for educating your child. Even if they donít look educational at first sight, there are games based on real facts (such as economics, management and historical events). They can offer real learning opportunities. Most of the kids would rather learn history while playing a game, instead of studying from a book. Itís because they have active role in the game (which is not a case with the passive forms of entertainment, books or TV).
Playing games can help developing analytical skills. If you ask a child to make analysis of some well known history person, youíll get a few dry sentences. But if you ask him to describe his own created character in some role-playing game, he may be able to speak for hours. Itís because the gaming gives them better sense for analysis of the situations. Colin Wilkinson, manager at a game development studio says that children find talking about the likes and dislikes of the games they play really enjoying. That way the children are developing critical thinking about the world around them and their place within it.
If you want to make smart use of the video games as tools for your childís development, you have to make sure about two things. First check the content of the game your child is playing (make sure itís appropriate for his age). Second, set a limit of his gaming time. Itís for the good of your loved one.
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