It can be difficult to find video games children can play. They can be addictive, many of them are violent, and it’s hard for a parent to monitor what their child plays. Still, it’s worth getting to know your games if you have children. They can be an important device to help parents and their children bond, and can teach valuable life skills that can be difficult to find anywhere else.
Some titles provide an outlet for children to pretend, developing real-world skills like a simple game of House, but expanding the range of these skills by the content covered in the game. Your child’s imagination is the limit here, but games can help them get started on the right thinking path for a healthy imagination, which prepares them for a healthy lifestyle. It has also been proven in recent studies that game play with parents is beneficial to girls’ and boys’ mental health. This benefit should say enough to you as a parent about what games can provide for your family, but it helps to be able to find the right sort of games to play.
Common titles like Wii Sports tend to be favorites among children, with as little complexity as possible and content acceptable for all audiences. Some other popular titles are games like Pokemon and Super Mario. These titles are popular with a younger audience, so the developers tend to make them more kid friendly to avoid disputes with publishers and parents.
Always look at the rating on the game’s box before playing it with your child – games with a more mature age rating are generally not appropriate for children, and video game ratings give parents a great resource to look to when wondering whether or not their games are safe. Video games can be used positively in a family setting, but only if you are willing to give the activity the proper attention. It should be treated like any other playtime for your kids: regulated so that it is safe, involved so that bonding can take place, and a little independent to allow your kids some breathing space. Remember that you have the most control over what your child takes in, and you can find many titles that are appropriate for their age and that will enrich their minds.