Video games have been demonized for a long time for a wide variety of reasons. However, before you write them off entirely, you may want to consider the video games actually have a few ways of benefiting your child’s development and skill sets. Would you like to learn more about how? Let’s take a look together.
Video games help your child learn to read.
Pretty much every single video game in existence requires the ability to read. Without being able to read, you can’t navigate the menus, get the full value of the story, or even play at all. If you think your child has an interest in a fun, appropriate story- driven video game, then it may help them to read complex words. They will want to learn how to ready to get to the next part of the story. It’s also an excellent source of practice for kids who are just starting out with reading and want to test their skills.
Problem solving is one of the greatest things a video game can teach your child.
Most video games are all about solving problems. If there’s a tough enemy that you can’t get past, then you have to think of a new strategy. This scenario is common for many of life’s challenges as well. Honing your child’s ability to strategize and apply different tactics to a game will help them to conquer the challenges of life.
Teamwork and friendship are common place in video games.
Some kids have a hard time socializing with others, especially in person. Whether they are held back by social anxiety or a physical disability, navigating the world of friendship can be hard. Video games, particularly team based games, can help kids make friends that share a common interest. It is important that you monitor how you child interacts and who they interact with online, but the potential for socialization is very present.
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