Video Games for Kids?
He shoots, he scores! No, 6 year old Zack Meyers isn't playing hockey. He's playing NHL 2003, one of the latest hockey video games on the Playstation 2. Although, he's not really scoring a goal, you can't tell by the look on his face. But, are video games a healthy, safe hobby for kids? The answer is yes. Many critics will say that modern video games have far too much violence. They will argue that kids should be outside playing ball or something of that sort. Video games are not an evil to kids; they can help teach kids many useful things like critical or strategic thinking, hand-eye coordination, and competition without the scratches and bruises. Most importantly video games make them fun.
When playing a video game, a kid will want to put their mind to the test because of the fun. It's not like a test from school forced upon someone.
Kids who play video games think critically on their own. Many games have puzzles, enemies with a weakness one would have to figure out, and even mysteries. If someone wants to pass these obstacles and get to the next level they have to think. That is how video games make kids want to use their mind and have buckets of fun while doing so. That is something you can't find in plain everyday puzzles.
The platform style of a video game can also enhance a child's hand-eye coordination. Platforms are games in which the player is to maneuver the character onscreen from one end of a level to the next. The player would have to time jumps and aim them in the right direction, and use combos and tricks to surpass the levels. All this helps a kid's hand-eye coordination. Although video...