5 Ways Video Gaming Can Make Your Kid a Better Student

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video gamesIt's clear why kids enjoy video games so much. The bottom line, they are super fun. But there is so much more to the experience than cool graphics. They can be beneficial in so many ways. In fact, gaming can actually help make your kids better students in school. Here's how.

  1. Problem-solving skills. More complex games require a lot of thought to get from one level to the next. Kids have to think through each step and come up with solutions to the things holding them back in order to advance. 
  2. Teamwork. Games that require multiple players to work together toward a single objective are great at teaching kids to be a team player and an effective member of a group.
  3. Expand their interests. Games can introduce kids to all kinds of fascinating places and historical events. It's an exciting way for them to explore the world beyond their town.
  4. Making friends. With so many children into gaming these days, it provides a great conversation starter for even the shyest of children. Plus, gaming playdates are a great way for kids to bond. And we all know that kids with positive connections to their peers enjoy school more.
  5. Leadership. When playing with other children, it is a wonderful opportunity for your child to lead and even teach others how to improve their game. That is a skill that will serve him well throughout school and life.

What other ways can video games help our kids?

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nekoy... nekoyukidoll

not to mention math skills.  I read an article a year or two ago that said World of Warcraft helps players with math since you have to add up crit skills and such.  not to mention concentration and other great skills.

eupeptic eupeptic

A number of years ago I read a study which determined that surgeons who play video games are better at performing surgery.

Today I was thinking that video games might help an individual gain skills which are helpful for driving. What I've read so far indicates that that is the case when it comes to keeping their attention focused on what they're doing (accidents often result from people not paying attention to what they need to pay attention to), but it also increases risk-taking behaviors in males but not females which means that depending on the individual (not all males are thrill-seekers so those who aren't thrill-seekers should see improved driving skills from playing such video games, but on average males seek more thrills than females so they are likely to see worse driving skills from playing video games that involve thrill-based driving) their driving may become better or worse as a result of playing video games that involve driving.

insei... inseineangel

If my driving skills ever reflected my in-game driving skills, I would never have gotten my license. I may have ended up on trial for manslaughter, haha.

I do fully believe that video-games do hone/introduce certain skills. I was never one of those people who believed that video games are the cause of bad behaviour. Unless there are other pre-existing factors working against the individual. 

My parents were gamers when I was brought into this world (back in the days of Atari, Turbo Grafix 16, Coleco Vision, NES, etc.) They let us play with them (family bonding time), they would never let us cheat (learning not to take the easy way), they would make us read all the text (literacy), and work out the problems and challenges with little to no help from them (problem-solving and creative-thinking skills.) Looking back, I think I benefitted greatly from my parents decision.

My daughter will play video games when she reaches a certain age. Her time will be very limited each day, and she will only be permitted to play after completing certain tasks. And the games she plays will be pre-screened and pre-played by myself just to ensure their quality meets my standards. Plus, ya know, mama wants to get her game on too, haha. No shoot-em-ups, no fighting games, no GTA, no COD or MW.

bella... bellacazzate

Mario did teach me how to survive during perilous times... like when you're walking over a bridge and all of a sudden pirahnas just start flying and jumping everywhere trying to eat your face. And I'd have never learnt to ride a polar bear if not for Crash Bandicoot. And Tetris taught me how to pack the trunk of my car. 

purpl... purpleflower514

WoW has helped my kid with their map reading skills. Love it.

Death... Deathlilly

Gamer Moms ftw! Lol. In times/places where playing outside is not an option, gaming is the best way to play, have fun, learn, pretend, build/draw, make friends, work together, and all around have a good time.

Amie Acosta

My son grabs a Wii remote and says, Mami I want play! So we usually boot up the gamecube or wii and I play and talk him through it while he waves the wii remote around lol. Gaming helped me learn english! :D

corri... corrinacs

eupeptic, you are right.  They did do a study that determined that surgeons that gamed had better eye/hand coordination and could work better in smaller spots.  Which, if you are going through surgery, is definitely a win-win :)

nonmember avatar Johanna

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