Can Video Games Be a Useful Learning Tool?

posted Feb 20, 2018, 7:36 AM by PHS Warrior Beat   [ updated Feb 20, 2018, 7:38 AM ]

 By: Jordan Croswell

    Over the years, video games have gotten criticized by the effects it has on children between the ages 8-12 year olds.However, scientists discovered that video games have a positive effect on kids of all ages. Video games can change the way our brain performs and its shape. “For example, playing video games affects our attention, and some studies found that gamers show improvements in several types of attention, such as sustained attention or selective attention.”

    Playing video games can enhance your abilities by improving coordination, brain speed, attention, memory and social skills.  Children who play are expected to excel in class.  Kids who play video games are more likely to play with friends.  About 20% of the population in the United States plays video games alone.  Playing with people or friends online can teach kids to work together to get a task done.  Working together and finding solutions to a problem can help kids in the game and at school.   

    “There is evidence that social skills players learn within social online video game environments translate to their real-world interactions.  There is constant communication between the players which in turn results in the development of meaningful as well as casual relationships among them. However, playing video games can also have bad effects on kids of all ages.  Playing violent video games increases physiological arousal, abnormal behavior, poor performance, health problems, cardiovascular arousal and also decreases prosocial behavior.  Staring at a screen for hours can also, “increase the risk of aggression in players.”  Video game addiction can lead to kids not wanting to participate in extracurricular activities.  Small children should not be exposed to violent video games.   

    “Video games that feature violent actions and scenarios may lead addicted players to be desensitized to the violence.  Players who become engrossed in first-person shooter-style video games, for example, may adopt a detached view of society or develop aggressive thoughts and tendencies.”  

    Playing video games has both positive and negative effects on children of all ages.  Beware of your children's behavior in school and at home.  


Uploaded: 2/20/18

Edited by: DM