In the UK, the average time a child spends on video games is about 8 hours a week for primary aged children (according to Statista). An hour a night doesn’t seem too bad but in actual fact it could be better than just something you have to put up with as parent. Playing one hour a day could actually be very beneficial to children. There are many articles on the benefits of technology which I have included at the bottom. However I am going to focus this post on three main ways that computer games help children in overall school life.
Many computer games that children play are multiplayer especially the ones in school (probably due to that fact there isn’t enough in the budget for each children to have a laptop or iPad). None the less playing multiplayer games can be very beneficially to the children social skills. This is especially important for children that struggle making connections. It allows the children to be engaged and understood even if they are just talking about the game. It can be a good starting point for the new school year or if there’s a new pupil in class. Motivation
Children becoming attached to games and relying on them, is never going to be a good thing and I wont try and tell you that it is. However it can be used to your advantage as a parent. They may find other tasks hard to complete such as homework, but when games are used as a reward for finishing a set task it can be very motivational. It can be helpful to write down the terms of the agreement so there’s no misunderstanding (and as our old friend supernanny would say, make sure you follow through- if they don’t finish the task NO GAME)
Lots of computer games require children to make a plan and follow through. This forces players to remember results of each action and choices they made to be able to make better decisions based on them next time. These skills are crucial for school and life in general. Being able to identify a future consequence before its happened will help children become better students socially and academically.