Top 5 Reasons You Should Let Your Kids Play Video Games

So, I’m a gamer and a mom, and I’m sure it’s no surprise to you that I let my kids play video games. Contrary to what a lot of parents assume, my kids actually play fewer games than most of their friends and have a lot more restrictions on what they’re allowed to play. Because I am familiar with most of the popular titles, I am better able to select what’s appropriate for them and don’t just assume all games are “toys” and OK for kids… I could say a lot more on that subject, but that’s a post for another time;) Maybe you wonder if your kids are spending too much time playing video games, or if you’re doing something wrong but letting them “veg out” in front of the screen. Personally, I would prefer my kids select gaming for their screen time (1-4 hours per week-end, none during the week, if you’re wondering) than TV or movies; let me tell you why:

Top 5 Reasons You Should Let Your Kids Playvip168 Video Games:

1: Literacy and Numeracy Skills – This is particularly true of “edutainment” type games, but really all games require a certain amount of reading, and many present math and logic challenges. If you want to actively build a particular skill set, there are games that will help specifically with math, or spanish, or what have you, but most genres offer some degree of reading and reasoning [certainly more than television or movies].

2: Teamwork – Kids can play together locally or online (following internet safety precautions, of course!), and there are a number of great games out there that encourage cooperative play. My 10 and 8 year olds are big fans of the LEGO series of games, which are all designed for two player cooperative play. The kids need to work together to solve problems and meet objectives, plan strategies and share rewards.

3: Building Self Esteem – Video games are great tools for building self esteem, as they provide immediate feedback for a job well done and allow the child to feel a measure of success they don’t always have at school or in social situations. This is a particular bonus for kids who are loners or have learning challenges. Games provide a clear objective and reward for accomplishing it, which makes kids feel great.