Just what are the educational benefits when it comes to playing video games?
WORDS DR NICOLA DAVIES
Despite the negative publicity surrounding video games, there are certain educational benefits to them. Children above the age of three have been seen to benefit from numeracy and literacy skills by playing video games.
What do Video Games Teach?
Video games can teach children to solve problems and make decisions. These critical thinking skills are crucial for the development of a child and much required in daily life, and are not necessarily easily taught in a classroom.
Video games require children to ‘work hard’ to move up a level. This teaches them that they can achieve a goal or obtain a reward through initiative and effort. Video games set goals for players and they receive feedback on how well they performed. These act as motivators for the child to continue with the game. Multi-player games teach children to cooperate and collaborate with each other, establishing a teamwork approach.
Let’s Get Moving
Several simulation games now require the player to move or dance, thus contributing to physical exercise. Playing complex video games leads to improvements in cognitive processing and manual dexterity.
Many games have been developed to integrate with learning programmes to teach skills to children, including logical thinking, spatial awareness, and hand-eye coordination.