How Do Video Games Affect Children?

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The current generation of young people are as familiar with video games as many of today's parents were with colour television as children. This popular pastime often consumes a considerable amount of a child's time and can have well-publicised negative effects on children as well as some advantages.

Computer Technology

One way video games can affect children is by providing them with an introduction to computer technology and the basic functions of computers. While this is especially true in computer-based games, the game console is a device may not provide the same advantages.

Coordination And Problem Solving

Many video games are fast moving and require a considerable amount of thought and decision-making ability. These factors will affect children's hand-eye coordination positively as well as improve their overall decisiveness and problem solving skills.

Quality Time

While playing video games may not seem like a parent's idea of a good time, some of them may enjoy it if they try it. Instead of discounting video games as a waste of time, parents can increase the amount of time they spend playing with a child by getting involved and playing games with them. Spending more fun time with one or both parents will certainly have a favourable effect on the child.

Social Isolation

Kids who spend an excessive amount of time playing video games could become socially isolated, according to The National Institute on Media and the Family.

Many kids get so involved with video games, especially the type that allow online players to become virtual partners or friends, that these online relationships replace real world relationships. Children who suffer this negative effect often end up spending the majority of their time in front of the computer or game console and becoming less involved in real relationships. In extreme cases, this could lead to the destruction of friendships and family connections.


Violence in video games has been a concern among parents and society for many years. The amount of violence in games has not slowed, however. In fact, today's games are perhaps more violent than ever--and the violence in the video games is certainly more realistic now, and often from a first-person point of view.

This repeated viewing of realistic violent acts committed by the player as well as the rewards given for committing these acts during many games could potentially desensitise children to this unacceptable behaviour in the real world, although there is no consensus that this danger is real.

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