Xbox, Playstation, Wii, and Gaming in General

There is much debate in the parenting community about the effects of video games on children. As the crass phrase goes, everyone has an opinion.
Xbox, Wii, Playstation, etc..Video games have been proven to improve visual skills, memory and cognitive skills, and even social skills. Still there are concerns that video games maybe related to childhood obesity and violent behaviors.

I’ve spoken numerous times about how important playing outside everyday is, as well as how I greatly limit my children’s screen time. Still, I don’t want to give the impression that I am anti-video games. Outdoor play is crucial and screen time should be limited. However there is such a thing as balance.

Why shouldn’t a child play video games, reap the various benefits of playing those games, and still have screen time limited in favor of outdoor play?

Wouldn’t that be the best of both worlds? has reviewed the top xbox 360 games for children as well as the top Wii games for children.

This post has been part of The ABCs of Raising Well-Rounded Geeklings series.

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2 Comments to Xbox, Playstation, Wii, and Gaming in General

  1. This winter Wii turned out to be a wonderful way for my daughter to expend some energy when we were stuck in the house. (Turns out she’s really good at Wii Golf too! lol!) I think video games can be great for problem-solving skills too. Of course it’s all about what kinds of games, but with a little common sense kids can have some fun with them!

    • suzyhomeschooler says:

      Wii is supposed to be a great way to get some exercise in! Unfortunately we have xbox and the kinect don’t work so good….

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