- Written by Brandon Perton
Video consoles like Playstation and Nintendo were once the kind of video game units that had people locked in their rooms alone for hours on end, but now they've brought the world inside by connecting gamers over the internet. Technology has changed the traditional ways that people interact, especially young people. The good news is parents don't need to fear online gaming. Many studies have shown that gaming builds character and improves decision making skills. Growing up is a difficult time for any kid and a hobby like gaming can actually help kids cope. Here are 5 good reasons to let kids enjoy their gaming.
Gaming enhances and builds various skills. From hand eye co-ordination to leadership skill building, games can help kids grow. Leadership and co-operation skills are needed to be successful in most games. The good and evil themes of many games also help kids to feel good about making moral decisions. Even the army uses similar types of games to improve soldiers hand eye co-ordination and listening and comprehension skills. So consider that while kids are enjoying themselves they are also improving themselves.
Friendship and Communication:
In the world of online gaming many different kinds of people interact and work together. At a time in life when kids could feel outcast, an online community can help them to feel like part of a group. Gamers often praise each other for completing missions and feel a sense of companionship with those they have played with. Friendships develop out of co-operation and competition during game play and the interpersonal skills that are built while socializing this way can transfer over into everyday life.
Goal Setting and Rewards:
Gaming can allow kids to see the cause and effect of hard work and determination. The sense of elation that is felt after achieving a goal or completing a task will illustrate to kids that being successful in their goals and seeing their plans work out give a strong sense of self satisfaction. They will understand that determination and hard work will be rewarded in the end. This is a quality that is invaluable in a young person and in life.
Economics and Money Management:
Believe it or not, online gaming can help kids learn money mangaging skills. Any game that has kids accruing wealth and spending money will help to teach money management strategies. Players have to save up, work hard and plan how to spend their money to improve their character. Forbes Magazine wrote an article suggesting that games such as World of War Craft and other multi-player online games were very benefical to helping kids understand how to manage money. The trading back and forth between online players as well as bargaining and deal striking give kids a real sense of how economy works in the real world.
Kids feel pressure from all sides at this stage in life. Pressure from friends, parents and school to perform well and make the right decisions can really stress a kid out. Online gaming can be a nice escape from all that. Many people find gaming a great way to unwind after work or school and forget the pressures put upon them throughout the day. Parents sometimes forget that kids feel stress too.
Online gaming is relatively new and not all parents will be aware of what it really is. Many of the skills used in online gaming are used in the real world everyday. Playing these games can benefit kids who are still developing important interpersonal and socializing skills. Physical skills like hand eye co-ordination and soft skills like strategy formation and critical decision making are crucial in game play and are instilled in players by necessity. So why not let kids have fun and better themselves, even if they don't know they're doing it.