Are All Video Games Bad for Kids?
The Moms Council takes a look at the positive aspects to some video games.
The Tewksbury Patch Moms Council is made of of moms throughout the community from all different walks of life. Each week, the moms tackle a different question posed by readers of Tewksbury Patch on issues of life, family and motherhood. This week, the Moms address whether or not there is such a thing as a video game that is good for kids.
It seems like there are more and more video game/activity systems and games out there. I know a lot of them are useless or harmful but can you recommend any video games that are actually helpful to kids physical or mental development?
Maureen Castiglione -- There are definitely educational video games out there, but honestly, I would use them limitedly. If you do use them, buy ones that are designed specifically for your needs (math, spelling, hand/eye coordination issues). Video games themselves are not bad. Where I think you run into a problem is that video games, like anything else, should be played with moderation.
Lisa Broderick -- Hmm, my answer is based on up to 6 years old...we have a Wii and a Leapster. I found the Leapster to be a good choice for my son around age 4. The games are all educational - reading, math, etc. When he turned 5 we got a Wii, the first time he played he was literally sweating from jumping around to play some of the sports games on it, so it's def. A physical type of game system if you buy the right games for it. Hope that helps.
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