The effect of video games on children

By Ryan & Jaidan

The effect of video games on children


We asked a group of student’s questions such as:

Do video games:

  1. Improve problem solving skills
  2. Increase aggressive behaviour
  3. Enhance memory
  4. Do they socially isolate you?
  5. Improve attention and concentration
  6. Teach wrong values
  7. Improve brain speed
  8. Bad effect on health

These are the answers:

  1. Yes
  2. Yes, it does
  3. If they get really into it
  4. Yes
  5. Yes, because if you’re really into the game you are concentrating
  6. Yes, because if people play 18 plus games as a child you could pick up bad habits from the game
  7. Some games yes such as puzzle games
  8. Yes, if you sit there for a long time you can hurt your back and not exercise.

Picture1There are many different types of video games available today. Video games are meant to target different things about a child’s life. Most video games aimed at children are either educational, serious, or casual games. However, would a child really choose a game about learning versus a game where they can kill zombies or drive cars at super speeds? A study from Buchman and Funk found that “violent games became consistently popular across grades for both boys and girls. Educational games were more popular for some of the girls being asked, but throughout all the age groups, violent video games never lost their superior power in the gaming industry.”   

Video games are often blamed for increasing the risk of child obesity. According to thePicture 5 CDC, “in 2009-2010, 12.1 percent of children ages 2 to 5 are obese, 18 percent of 6 to 11-year olds are obese, and 18.4 percent of 12 to 19-year olds are obese. Now, this is only the percentages of obesity, and does not account for the number of children who are overweight as well.”

Research shows that playing video games is great for a number of different reasons and also has many social benefits. One thing a gamer Picture6discovers is that following instructions is very important. In order to succeed in gameplay players must follow the guidelines given to them by the game developer. Problem-solving is a large part of gaming which can help a child’s development.