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KIDS AND VIDEOGAMES

Gamerby Giorgio Maurizio, 4A

Nowadays more and more children waste time on videogames. This custom may be very dangerous for children but it is also useful to improve some skills.
Videogames may corrupt children’s brains and lead them to become antisocial and even violent. A child who is addicted to videogames rarely goes out with friends playing football or doing other activities.

But there is also a plus side about videogames.

A child who plays videogames is often smarter than other children, he improves high level skills and also learns digital competences, which will be very useful for the future. Videogames also stimulate children’s concentration because they must pay attention to every single detail.
Videogames require a high coordination hand-eye. Players do not have enough time to watch the monitor and then turn the eye on the controller so they must know where a certain control key is and press it after the appropriate audio visual stimulus. By playing videogames, children also learn to follow instructions: an action corresponds to each key, so they must know which key produces which reaction.

Another videogame advantage is that children become multitasking: many videogames require a quite good foreign language knowledge. Some videogames may interact with different players from all over the world using headphones and a microphone and so children have to communicate with other people in English while they are playing.
These are only a few strengths and weaknesses videogames designed for kids involve.