Can Children Learn Life Skills Through Video Games?

The constant conflict between parent and children about the fair use of ever persuasive and evolutionary technology is tough to get to the conclusion . This technology, commonly known as video games, also expresses the idea of innovative gadgets.  Video gaming, a gadget is one of the terrific examples where a child spends hours trying to interact and learn for development. Parents are distressed about their child’s development with well-being while children find video games best fit for improving social skills through the local survey. The first step to eliminate this conflict, the article is to analyze the both perceptions rather than getting into one singular conclusion.

The curriculum and instructional support from Central Michigan state university encourages Game-based learning (GBL). Such methodology of teaching includes immense experiences that often incorporate progressive achievements, competitive elements, or developing storylines. To incorporate gamification in the course, Teed in 2014 suggested practicing a rewarding system to motivate students exceptionally to succeed by using gaming resources like a game board, kahoot, character development, etc. GBL furthermore has achieved the development of new literacies according to the study conducted by Marcon, 2013. By all these studies, video games might not be the reason to slow down a child’s brain development, parents should consider video games as a tool of learning too. Rather than colliding two perspectives, this article emphasizes video games upskilling as life skills.

1. Life is about the journey, not the destination.

Video games untangle the concept, life is about the journey, not the destination as a child plays games rather than seeking towards the end, as they relish the game by upgrading the point. This is one of the life skills that can be absorbed from playing video games.

2. We are well-built with our experiences

As the score grows, levels increase in video games, and during that timing, some experiences come-by, that particularly make kids sharper to face challenges in the next level .  

3. Teaches children to critical thinking and to be persistent.

The levels are elevated while sometimes it’s tough to outreach another level in video games, kids have to think critically to achieve success. Critical life sets like time management, score management, and efficient utilization of resources could enhance a child’s development and growth. Similarly, video games remind kids not to give up and be persistent in life, as they can’t get to desired levels all the time.  

4. Learning healthy competition and collaboration. 

The core value of playing video games is to teach kids about building their attitudes. Playing games virtually enhances building one point rather than pulling an opponent’s leg. Therefore, this creates healthy competition and collaboration.  

  5. Different games teach different lessons. 

Identical to the real world, different stages experience different lessons, the same experiences prepared throughout playing video games. Parents should understand their children’s perspectives and encourage them to play positive games while playing with them. 

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Some challenges that might appear while playing video games are video game addictions and an excessive amount of screen timing. Video game addiction leads to sleeping disorders and a lack of physical experiences. The increase in youth’s obesity rate is due to the absence of physical development. Coincidently, in the adolescent stage the common issues seen are socially isolation, building up impatience behavior, and sometimes even depression. Lacking in personal hygiene is one of the challenges that is unavoidable leading to brain slow down and even sometimes impacting schooling. New challenges recognized recently were kids feeling guilty with their video games addiction then affects their development overall.

To manage these challenges, parents play a big role, firstly they have to understand that playing video games is not a risky thing that affects a child’s brain development . Parents could sit down with their kids, understand them and make rules and coordinate to minimize the use of screen time. They can even plan some consequences beforehand if kids don’t respect rules. Screen time tracking is important as kids are very fragile and outdoor physical activities are crucial. If kids are curious about technology and science then, parents might enroll their kids for workshops which encourage technology upbringing like Karkhana in Nepal.

 If the addiction has reached a serious level then parents should seize their gaming consoles. Doing so parents should also mentally prepare themselves to deal with a child’s frustration., anger, conflict, etc. Some addiction withdrawal may even lead to kids breaking down or showing symptoms of depression. Parents must consider taking kids to a psychologist and talk to them about issues. 

Video games have both positive and negative impacts, parents should enroll themselves in children activities and encourage them to participate in every opportunity possible. However, the question for parents is:

1:  What’s your screen time because your behavior influences children? 

2:  How often do you exercise? 

3: Do you as a parent share thoughts and feelings with your children?

It is believed that change should come within and if parents adopt positive behavior, children will automatically copy such behavior.


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Subhanjali Dahal

Social Media Intern, Karkhana