My son spends most of his time playing games except school; I am really worried about it. I often think if he can decrease his game time to half and use the time to study his school work, he definitely can achieve better grades. My friend told me that both her teenager daughter and son like playing games; they were playing games even on the family vacation trip. I recently also read some articles about kids gaming. Some parents hate games because their kids, especially boys addict to games, they warn parents that game addiction is very dangerous, even more dangerous than drugs, because it is fully legal. In addition, those “Violence” games are hot topic from parents all over the world.
I read some research papers as well. They are talking about strategy games, which are mainly based around strategic principles. These games require analytical skills, could improve children’s logical thinking ability and problem solving skills. In addition, it is found by educational researchers that using computer games in math education is superior to traditional classroom instruction for improving math achievement.
Today’s kids are surrounded by and using computers, games, video cameras, cell phones, and all the other toys and tools of the digital age. Games are parts of their life. What should parents do to help them to balance study and game and prevent them from game addiction? Let’s think about it and sharing ideas together. I would like to talk about kids and games in the following several posts.