While driving back from work I was listening to a radio phone in with the following phrases repeatedly hurled about
- Fostering violence
- Casual link to crime
- Fuelling drugs
- Breakdown of relationships
- Death of books
- Mind numbing
- Causing depression
- School failings
The target of this torrent of abuse – Computer Games. Lots of people phoning in demanding that gaming is banned. Many of the callers from the sound of it have never used a computer, never mind have and clue about important stuff like a Donkey Kong.
So let’s balance out the argument a tad.
One of the best ways our son has found to unwind and release some of his anxieties is through a bit of gaming. Games like FIFA, Clash Of Clans, Fortnite, Roadblock, Minecraft and Crossy Roads. Just an hour now and then really makes a difference.
On top of helping him relax it offers other positive elements
- Helps develop his hand eye coordination
- Works on his fine motor skills
- Teaches patience and the benefits of practice
- Helps with recognising common gaming words – helps with dyslexia
- Provides a common and interesting subject he can discuss with other kids
- Provides a fun way of learning how to cope with time pressures.
And above all it helps build confidence and a sense of achievement. The smile on his face when he gets to a new level or succeeds in a task tells you everything. He’s still glowing after winning the Champions League with Inter Milan.
So yes gaming does have its pitfalls but let’s not forget that it can be a shed load of fun and if moderated can be really beneficial.
So while he’s not looking let’s see if I can get Newcastle United to win something. Just like in real life that’s not going to happen. Maybe if I get Mario, Sonic, Pac-man and Lara Croft on my team……