The Benefits Of Children And Video Games

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/freedom-learn/201201/the-many-benefits-kids-playing-video-games

My favorite quotes from the article.

“Children are suffering today not from too much computer play or too much screen time. They are suffering from too much adult control over their lives and not enough freedom (see essay on rise of depression and anxiety).”

”  Why is it any better to limit TV or computer time than to limit book-reading time?  Why do we worry about a kid’s spending maybe 4 or 5 hours a day at a computer screen, doing what he wants to do, but don’t worry about the same kid sitting at school for 6 hours a day and then doing  homework for another couple of hours–doing what others are forcing him to do?”

” At school and in other adult-dominated contexts they may be treated as idiots who need constant direction, but in the game they are in charge and can solve difficult problems and exhibit extraordinary skills.”

Why is it that we value books over screens?

Yesterday Miss Sky created a 10 page comic book at Disney create.com all on her own because she wanted to.  What if I had said “Okay your screen time is up” right in the middle of her creative thinking?

How many books may not have ever been written if someone had said “Okay (fill in your favorite authors name) your pencil or typewriter time is up”?

Just some more thoughts to ponder :).

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2 Responses to “The Benefits Of Children And Video Games”

  1. Ingrid McCarthy Says:

    I tend to agree! Yesterday my daughter spent hours with her friend on Minecraft – plotting, scheming, planning, executing, and yes, socialising! She is using that brain of hers – in a different way to reading, but that is a good thing.

    Lately I have read a couple of articles about child prodigies – kids who have invented things. Nearly always someone comments “wouldn’t they be better off out playing”. It’s the control thing I think and the sense of unease of young children being creative. I don’t get it.

    • dkjsv05 Says:

      Yes!

      My favorite (now that my eyes have been opened that is :)) “Screens kill childrens creativity”, yet books are still being published, video gaming is bigger then ever, and movies and television shows are still being pumped out. What I see is kids being *more* creative.

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