Top 5 Reasons More Parents Should Be Encouraging Video Gaming

Recent studies have revealed that more and more parents are encouraging their children to get involved with video games. The benefits that playing video games can offer to children is becoming a key reason that parents are now beginning to see video gaming as a positive influence on their children’s cognitive development. For anyone still on the fence about the matter, read on for the top five reasons that more parents should be encouraging their children to enjoy playing video games.

Increased Technological ‘Know-How’ and Creativity

It has been proven that children working their way through complicated and intelligently developed computer games can actually help improve their brain development. Children having to plan, search and negotiate is helping children to develop the tools necessary to problem solve and to think creatively in order to overcome problems.

Due to the fact that children now have more access to the world of gaming through mobile apps such as and games such as Petting Zoo and , that are ideal for play on tablet devices, children are now able to flex their problem solving skills in a variety of different locations. Previously children could only game at certain times of the day, usually after school, when they should be doing their homework. Instead, nowadays, due to the diversity in gaming devices children can now be using their brains and keeping themselves entertained in various environments where parents may need children to be a little ‘distracted’ such as long car journeys and long waits at doctors surgeries.

Inspiring Learning

There are a wide variety of video games now being developed with the specific objective being get children excited to learn about certain topics. Video games covering everything from history to geography, maths and art there are a huge variety of games available on the market that can serve as an extension of children’s education. Games that encourage children to learn, read and research, such as ‘Age of Empire’ are designed to be viewed as extra-curricular tools that parents can use in order to further the education of their children and also to get children more motivated to learn about certain subjects.

Video games with an academic undercurrent are making big waves in getting children to be more enthusiastic about learning. As children can interactively move, design and play with world maps and they can create their own storyboards of important historical events these types of video games are throwing out a wide range of developmental benefits. These tools not only help children acquire important technical and creative skills but they also go a long way in adding a powerful visual and interactive dynamic to their learning process.

The Sociable Aspect

As videogames become more and more interactive they are providing children with the platform to be more sociable and to make new friends. Historically video games could be seen as a rather isolated leisure activity, however as videogames become more and more interactive and sociable they are serving to bring more children together to enjoy playing their game of choice together.

Encourage Exercise

As computer games become more and more physical, they are encouraging more and more children to be active, not just whilst playing but also in general. Not only is augmented reality now an enormous part of video gaming, where children’s physical movements determine their success within the video game itself, there are also many popular games that children can then enjoy recreating in the playground with their friends. This is particularly true with sports games where children can feel part of the game and can then show off their newly learnt techniques the next day at school.

Learning How to Teach

Recent studies have also revealed that one of the most common reasons that children like to play video games is because they like to impart their wisdom on their friends and family. Watching children playing games with their friends will show that a big part of that process is for children to solve situations, how to go from here to there and how to get to the next level, for example. These subtle nuances of video gaming are actually allowing children to become teachers to those around them. In a similar vein it is also allowing them to learn how to take direction from others which is another very important skill that children need to acquire. So as technological advancements in video gaming became more and more intelligent so do the benefits they offer.