One of the first things you’ll hear some parents say with regard to video games is that they’re not good. In fact, with more and more children playing video games for extended periods of time these days, it can certainly be a major point of contention (and concern) for parents from all walks of life.
While moderation should always be a word in every parent’s vocabulary, it can be difficult to find that ideal level considered ‘moderate,’ especially when it comes to video games. A child playing 4-5 hours of video games every day is not good for many reasons, but playing 1 hour isn’t a bad thing, either. In fact, there are plenty of reasons why playing video games can actually help your child with his or her studying.
Reason #1: Video games can teach problem solving skills.
Any parent who has played video games in the past will probably be able to easily understand this point. Not every game will require problem solving skills, but there are a growing number that require players to solve problems, think through solutions, and determine the best path (or course) to take.
That can definitely help with certain homework assignments.
Reason #2: Video games can actually inspire creativity.
Minecraft was one of those games that when it came out, few parents understood it. It seemed so basic and dull that it could have been a joke, a satire on games parents once played in their youth. However, kids can learn how to collect items they’ll need, build with them, and stay ‘safe’ in their own little Minecraft worlds.
When children learn to be creative, it taps into vital portions of the brain that help boost memory skills.
Reason #3: Video games instill interest in history.
Depending on the type of video game a child plays, it could actually lead him or her to have a vested interest in learning more about history. Numerous adults have reported discovering great wonders and a newfound desire to learn about history after they graduated high school, commonly because of channels like History and Discovery.
Think of video games as your child’s History and Discovery Channels; avenues to spark new interest in these topics.
Reason #4: Video games help kids make friends.
When children are socially connected, they actually feel better about themselves. It’s not so much about quantity as quality, of course, but that is certainly an important component for some.
When children feel better about themselves socially, it can actually inspire them to work harder in school, which usually requires more dedication to their studying habits.
Reason #5: Video games inspire exercise.
There are plenty of video game consoles that get kids up and moving. Whether it’s a dance video game or a skateboarding competition or anything else, when children are moving they are actually increasing the amount of oxygen flowing throughout their body. Oxygen is essential for positive brain health and function.
All of that exercise helps to strengthen the brain, thus leading to better retention, analytical skills, and recall.
Reason #6: Video games give kids an opportunity to LEAD.
When children are relegated to the back of the pack, so to speak, they don’t get a chance to lead. When children aren’t given an opportunity to lead others, they have an increased tendency to give less effort to those things they’re working on than if they were leading others.
Some video games provide great opportunities for kids to become leaders, either to other gamers or with friends who enjoy the same types of games. With these benefits of playing video games when it comes to studying and getting better grades, always keep in mind that moderation is essential.