Children Mastering New Skills Through Gaming

Children Mastering New Skills Through Gaming

How can parents influence child’s development in a positive and effective way?

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This series has discussed how games enhance children’s skills such as hand-eye coordination, visual spatial skills, reaction time, and decision-making. Over the past 30 years, video games have become part of everyone’s life. Although most current research focuses on negative effects of gaming, it would seem that cognitive enhancements obtained offer positive effects (Green & Bavelier, 2004). However, these effects are not only implemented for the time being while the game is being played. If maintained and monitored appropriately these skills can be cultivated, enriched, and personalized for your child at any age.

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 Several  games can enhance similar skills for younger children

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For example, Intellioy offers education and fun games for children ages 3 to 6. These games have a recommended playtime of 15 minutes per play. These games also focus on your child mastering each given skill before moving forward. They further provide motivation to keep the kids engaged and wanting to learn and play more.

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Gamestar Mechanic

By joining the in game community, kids get the opportunity to learn and chat with other children who are designing and playing the same games. Children will have an opportunity to create their own games and share them with others kids who are interested in similar creations. This socialization offers feedback, tips, and tricks on how to produce better games. Below is a link to learn more.

 

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  • Offers a wide range of skills for children ages 7 and above.
  • Gamester Mechanic was designed to educate kids on simple avatar manipulation and game design.
  • Avatar manipulation allows the child to learn
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Decreased reaction time
  • Improved decision-making
  • Additional benefits children will encounter while playing Gamestar Mechanic can range from improved self-esteem, increased creativity, to motivation

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The skill sets can be cultivated and tailored to your child’s particular wants and needs. Each level in Gamester Mechanic requires your child to advance before moving forward. This concept motivates your child to excel while he or she enjoys these skill sets. Although the game is a learning tool, it is capable of producing extraordinary effects on your child.
Specific games offer specific skill advancements for all ages. Each of these games can inevitably benefit your child’s career of choice.

 

 

Games such as these have the ability to teach children subsets of cognitive and visual-spatial skills that are utilized throughout their lives (Green & Bavelier, (2004).

 

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References

Green, C. S., & Bavelier, D. (2006). The cognitive neuroscience of video games. Digital media: Transformations in human communication, 211-223. – See more at: http://www.parentsguidetogaming.com/blog-series-children-surgeons-pilots/#sthash.Fn6UHu5w.dpuf

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