I am surprised by just how often I will hear a child complain that they’re “bored and have nothing to do” in this day and age! Upon hearing such
remarks from my own children, I will instantly remind them of all the many videogames consoles contained within our family home. Between hand-held machines (such as the Nintendo DS) and video game consoles (like the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii) there is no reason my kids should ever be at a loss for entertainment!
The Health Benefits of Videogames
Some parents might frown upon me for encouraging my sons and daughters to play videogames (an activity largely considered for couch-potato types) but there are many reasons this activity can be beneficial to a child’s health and development:
- Not all videogames are focused on blowing up tanks and avoiding death at the hands (or more accurately; mouth) of a hungry zombie. Many games are designed to stimulate the brain to increase reading speed, arithmetic abilities and other cognitive traits. Try games such as Nintendo’s Brain Training or a title from the Professor Layton puzzle series.
- Using console controllers can help children develop accurate hand and eye coordination (think about it; gamers rarely look at their controller whilst playing a game!)
- The Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360’s Kinect system offer physical exertion since both comprise motion-sensitive game play. A few of the Kinect titles are even educational; Kinectimals (for example) teaches children valuable and fascinating information about the animal kingdom whilst they play.
The market of videogames for children is larger than ever before and whilst this fact is excellent when it comes to the prevention of under-stimulated children, you can expect to part with a few hundred bucks in order to acquire such technology on their behalf. You can expect demands for the latest videogaming console/s to grow as your children do too, though you don’t necessarily have to meet said demands!