In the good old days playing a game to a child meant meeting up with a few other friends and playing a game of snakes and ladders, Uno, or monopoly and having a good time. Things were very simple and so much of interaction was involved between children and sometimes even the adults who got together for a game of visit. But this however has changed over time. Today the first thing that creeps into a person’s mind at the first hearing of the word “games” are computer games or play station. There are many arguments to and against the use of video games and most parents seemed to think of video gaming as a waste of time and at worst a source that corrupts a child’s brain. How true are these accusations and are video games really bad for children? And on the other hand do they do any good to the development of a child?
According to certain researches performed on the relationship of brain and video gaming, it was discovered that gaming gives your brain a real workout. It is said that a child is taught to follow instructions through playing video games. A child gains the ability to think logically and solve problems in the most tedious ways. Development of motor skills is one of the main indicators of the development in the brain of a child and through video games co-ordination of mind and hands can be developed very well and through that the fine motor skills of a child. A child also learns to think quickly and make quick decisions and also to build up and execute strategies and plans. In most video games, saving the entire part of the game that was completed is not really an option. Therefore it is said that children learn to persevere and also try and learn to be accurate at the first attempt itself.
However together with all these benefits of video gaming there comes an equally long list of threats to child development as well. It is a question of which side overweighs the other. Most of the time video games are blamed at due to the violence and bad natured behavior that contains in them. The susceptibility of the children being induced to perform such acts in real life is very high due to the high influence of video games. Also it cannot be condemned that there is a huge possibility of children being addicted to these games. They could be less social and could get isolated as they find their world being limited to a computer or a TV screen with its fictional characters. Also children could be confused about the reality and the fantasy of things. Almost everything that is included in games isn’t really true. And children especially below the age of 12 may not be able to differentiate between the two.