VIDEO GAMES

Video games a gateway to creativity

 

Many adults blame videogames for their children’s poor behavior and grades; they feel that violent video games will most likely result in violent children. Videogames do not spark violent behavior, though they may encourage the idea unintentionally. It is the duty of parents to make sure their children can distinguish reality from fantasy.

Video games are a benefit to many kids since it helps them open the doors to imagination and creativity — a new world of enjoyment. Children who spend time exploring and playing within a “fantasy world” are more likely to become artists, engineers, and possibly scientists or inventors. The games also teach kids life lessons, such as the importance of friends, honor, loyalty, to trust yourself and to have faith, all respectful and desirable traits.

There are many types of videogames and the majority of them all have age ratings (except most Internet-only games). The rating of the game will give the best guidance about whether it is appropriate for them to play it.

It is parents’ duty to check the game before buying it or allowing their children to play it. If a parent does not guide his or her child about how videogames are not reality, then that child may become much more violent.

Videogames are one of the many ways a child can learn to use imagination and creativity. While reading is another of the available options to open doors to creativity, most kids do not find it as much fun as doing something that is more visual and fast paced.

Videogames allow the players to watch something entertaining. They are mashing the buttons on a controller, so they are interacting with an object, and all games produce sounds, such as talking, roars, growls, screams, chirps, barks, and belches.

An option for a balanced use of videogames could be to allow the child to play, then read.

Reading is a very intellectual way to open a child’s creativity. If parents were to balance it out, they would allow videogames to be played in moderation.

Videogames also occasionally inspire some children to choose a creative career, becoming inventors, scientists, artists, and so on. Video games inspire some children to choose a job in science because they want to transform science fiction into science fact.

Ideas may include hover-boards, teleportation, portals, laser weapons, and much more. Activities may include new sports, races, and games, forms of transportation, and even machines that can do tasks for you. Videogames also can encourage kids to draw, paint, sketch and model their imagination and bring it to life.

So videogames aren’t just meant for fun, they are meant to allow kids to develop hobbies and activities that inspire them to create.

Videogames aren’t what spawn kids’ hidden violent nature or what causes them to fail in school — they are an inspiration for kids.

Sure, unsupervised games can affect people badly in their social and academic life, but it really is the responsibility of their parents to make sure they keep a balance and remind them that life isn’t a game.

Alex Perera is a ninth-grade student at Palmer Trinity School in Miami.

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