4. Video Games can help the development of ethics and language
When children play certain types of video games they are faced with both interaction and decision. They are often placed in emotional gripping situations where their actions effect the outcome of the story, or the characters within that story. These situations can be character building and give them a sense of understanding into ethics and language that carries into the real world. In fact, a school in Norway teaches literature and ethics through gaming. For example, the students were asked to play the popular The Walking Dead series and respond to the challenges faced in the game based on what they had learnt about moral philosophy. You can read more on that here
3. Increases decision making speed
Playing video games requires focus by their nature. An article out of phys.org suggest that this focus can increase sensitivity to what’s going on around a person, and help boost their ability to multi-task and make decisions. While this isn’t exclusive to children, this kind of mental development is reason enough to let your child play video games.
2. Increases Attention Span & Cognition
As mentioned previously, video games require a lot of focus and attention. A consistent level of focus on what point is bound to lead to an overall increase in attention span. A study out of New York University suggests that playing fast-paced games can increase attention span and reaction time, including helping a child in the classroom with subjects like Math. You can read more on this here
1. It Will Make Them Happier
This one might seem a bit obvious. Kids love playing games, so playing games makes for happier kids. This isn’t just speculation, an Oxford University study suggests that kids that play games just a few hours a day are more likely to be happy, well adjusted, emotionally stable, socially outgoing and form a larger circle of friends in the real world. If this isn’t enough reason, then I don’t know what is.