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