While video games and development do not usually go hand in hand, for many reasons, Minecraft is one of the few exceptions. Video games currently have a stigma that they are bad for children and a negative influence on their lives. While this is still a widely debated topic, some researchers believe video games can have a positive impact on developing minds. Various games can improve a wide range of skills in younger children. Minecraft, for instance, has been measured to improve:
- Hand to eye coordination
- Decision-making abilities
- Awareness of situations around them
- Increased attention span
- Sharper vision
- Stress reduction
- Critical thinking
All of these have positive side effects for your child in the real world. There have been countless studies done which prove that children can benefit from playing video games. Obviously, no one is promoting the idea of gaming for twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week – moderation is key, and ensuring that they get enough time outside and socializing with other people is just as important as encouraging their growth through video games.
With the popularity of video games soaring in modern day culture, even more studies are being carried out that delve deeper into the long-term impact of gaming at a young age, and it’s pleasing to see that the results are overwhelmingly positive.Video games can actually help a child develop faster, and can even help them deal with school stress by giving them an outlet when they need it.
It’s only fair, however, to assess the negative impacts of video games on development. In addition to video games’ benefits, there are also less desirable traits associated with video games that parents should be aware of. Video games can:
- Be addictive
- Encourages anti-social behavior
- Anger or frustration
- Some encourage violence
These can be managed easily enough though, so long as the child is taught to separate game life from their real life, and understands that just because it is acceptable in a game does not make it acceptable on a school playground. It is as much up to the parents as it is the video games to ensure that their children understand this crucial difference and ensure that they take away the right values from their experiences in game.