So here are 5 ways video games are beneficial to kids

  1. Improves Problem Solving Skills – Video games all have rules. Players must work within those rules to win the game.  This requires split-second decision-making skills.
  2. Improves Coordination – Unlike watching a show, video games are interactive, and they provide a ton of mental stimulation, requiring kids to coordinate their visual, physical and audial skills.
  3. Enhances Memory – Ever hear your child say they were “grinding”. They’ve adopted our adult terminology to explain their behavior.  Players “grind” to learn how to play the game better.  This process helps them learn the game and enhances their ability to memorize and recall information much more quickly.
  4. Improves Attention and Concentration – Kids today have so much external stimulus thrown at them that it can be hard to concentrate and worse, to know what to focus on. Video games have shown tremendous results in helping children, especially those with ADHD, concentrate and focus their attention for long periods of time.
  5. Improves Brain Function – Studies have shown that children who play video games have a higher brain function. They are able to process much more information more quickly than those who do not play video games and gaming fires more neurons than many other activities, including sports.

Now, we all know that everything is good in moderation, and too much of anything is not a good thing.  And video gaming is no different.  Too much is never a good thing and it often leads to unwanted behaviors.  Many a parent has asked me about those unwanted behaviors.  The conversation usually goes like this, “My child is a monster when we tell him to stop playing video games.  When we tell him its time to come set the table for dinner or to turn it off to do his homework, the attitude we receive is horrible.  He/she is angry and mean.”

Yup, we’ve all been there.  It’s one of the main reasons we created Uplink Studios.  We have experienced this with our own children.  At Uplink, we strive to correct those behaviors.  We want them to learn that video gaming has a time and place.  We want them to enjoy the time they are playing, but be able to shut it off and leave it behind.  We teach them that they need to be responsible and that they need to do their chores and focus on their studies as those things are more important than video games.

In the meantime, be sure to check out Uplink Studios and read about our “Player Code-of-Conduct”.  In our next article we will talk more about the world of esports and how that can actually put money in your pocket!