I don’t think that games are the enemy, and a lot of people who think that gaming is wrong and not good for kids don’t know about what goes into the process these days and some of the awesome games which are available, many of which can be educational. We’ve put together some tips to ensure that your children can get the most out of gaming and that it doesn’t have to be a mind-numbing process but can be a very constructive one. Here are some ways we have come across to turn it into a more educational activity.
Teach kids about how the games are made – a lot of children are very receptive to the fact that gaming is an industry and that there are many careers within, and also learning about code, which is something that has been pushed in schools in recent years as the world becomes more and more digital! If your child is receptive enough to it, get them books or show them tutorials on how a game is made and even get them to have a go at making their own games.
Use it to make videos – making videos can teach valuable skills and being able to edit and process a video can teach them a lot about the digital world, use a capture card (http://captureway.com will show you some excellent models and has full reviews and buying guides) to take some footage and start to edit it together, a great activity and something that means you end up with something to show for it, the kids can show their friends.
Monitor which games the kid is playing, some of them are not creative and are a bit more mindless whereas some games allow you to craft, make things, learn about science, learn about engineering and problem solving among other skills. The selection of games can have a massive impact on whether your child is developing through their play.