Between the Pros and Cons of Video Games
Are video games good or bad for children?
What You Need To Know
Critics of video games argue that violent games make children more aggressive, and less sensitive to the suffering of others. ‘First person’ games, in which players see the action as if they are the shooter, are particularly damaging. These critics point to the students involved in school shootings, some of whom played first person games. As similar games have been used by the military to prepare soldiers, critics suggest that these kinds of games are inappropriate for children.
By contrast, supporters of video games claim that they can be beneficial to children. Games enable fourth graders to develop manual dexterity and motor coordination, and they can also be positive for attention spans. They offer stress relief from schoolwork and can give fourth graders a platform for competing against each other. And they can help children to process information and make decisions rapidly.
How You Can Help
- Limit access to violent video games. Not all video games desensitize children, and most children can recognize the difference between real life and fantasy. However, concerned parents should be aware of what games their child is playing. Keep an eye out for content inappropriate for their child’s development level and any violent imagery.
- Provide balanced entertainment. Many of the dangers associated with video games are connected with excessive use. If a child enjoys video games, some parents may feel comfortable allowing a certain amount, as long as the child is also playing outside, or with friends.
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