Friday, February 1, 2013



The word 'game', not a stranger to be heard. For teens, adults and especially for the children. Starting from a serial console game has a variety of online games, pc games, and others. Game is cool to play, especially when we are stressed, which is useful to eliminate boredom. But, does anyone know, what is the influence of those games for the lives of children?
There have been many studies on the effect of these games on children. And of course give positive and negative results. The following information influences games for children according to the researchers that I have summarized from several websites.

• First, according to Cabinet Secretary One in the UK, Tom Watson, said that by playing video games, children can learn to train the mind, concentration, challenge, and adapt to the changes around them.
• Second, according to researchers from the University of Rochester, New York, United States, which conducts research on the positive effects of gaming. According to them, children who play video games will develop skills in reading, math, and problem solving.
• Third, Mark Griffiths, a professor at Nottingham Trent University, UK, said that the game play can alleviate and even distract from the pain suffered by a child who was in his care, such as chemotherapy. By playing the game, the pain will be reduced and blood pressure monitor would be decreased.
• Fourth, the game play is also good for physiotherapy children who suffered a hand injury.
1. Physical Activity
There are plenty of video games on the market that the operation requires some kind of physical activity. Whether it's dancing or playing guitar. This is where the ingenuity required parents to have this kind of games for their children, which can force them (the children) to move than to sit on the couch all day.
2. Fitness and Nutrition
Many game that combines elements of fitness, nutrition and healthy living as a primary goal the game. Even some games that present the main goal of their game on physical fitness, which aims to encourage the players to lose weight to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
3. And hand-eye coordination
Playing video games can actually improve your child's dexterity, which is very useful to perform daily activities. In fact many types of exercise that can be done to improve the coordination between hand and eye, but it is less attractive children desire to try it.
4. Social Skills
Lack of social skills and the ability to interact with others on a regular basis can damage a child's development and even cause depression. Children who are shy and lack confidence when socializing with their friends may find it easier to open up when playing video games. By playing games online, children can interact with many people, even people they do not know.
5. Improved ability to learn
The complexity of the games give your child the opportunity to improve cognitive skills such as solving problems and making decisions. Video games have grown to the point where users have to take control and think for themselves. Even many games that encourage children to be patient and kreativ in solving a puzzle before they can advance to the next stage.

6. Sportsmanship and fair
Sportsmanship and fair (fair play) are common values ​​developed in the sport and organization. Game indirectly offer your child these values, especially when competing with each other.
7. Reduce stress
Stress is not only experienced by the parents but also children. Some parents sometimes have high expectations and demands of real children they do not like, for example related to hobbies and learn. Playing games can be a way out for your child escape from the pressures to reduce stress levels.
8. Teamwork
Cooperation and the need to build a strong team work influence when children play video games. Some online games for example, who needs a teamwork to achieve victory.

9. Overcoming the pain
Playing video games can be a means to cope with physical or emotional pain, for example, the person who is suffering from a disease in which the only activity in the bedroom.

10. Making people happy
One of the biggest effects of playing games is to make people happy. However, it is important to limit the time playing games, because there is a possibility that this tool makes you become addicted. Allow your children to play games as often as possible, but do not forget to remind them to stop. Make sure your child is still doing the activity in the social environment.

Although the game can be declared a positive impact on children, experts still recommend that children still can not linger long in playing the game.
Because, it is also expressed in some researchers, that playing games also provide negative for Children.
• First, according to Professor of Psychology Douglas A. Gentile, who runs the Media Research Lab at Iowa State University, Ames, Children of addiction, depression, anxiety, and social phobia gets worse and their grades will drop.
• Second, Douglas also mentions mentions over time playing video games pose a risk of children exposed to concentration problems and hyperactivity were twice as high. Meanwhile, when they quit the addiction, depression, anxiety, and social phobia would be better.
• Third, there is also a negative effect on the social life of the child if too often play games especially online games, is a child with friends and family became estranged because of socially just around the game online only and not in the real environment.
• Fourth, if used only interact with the game to make children become clouded and difficult to express himself while in the real environment.
• There is little PlayStation game show scenes of violence, such as fighting or shooting. When the game is presented in a child who is really naive and do not understand about the violence, he could imitate in the real world.
• Influence PlayStation is also very bad kids get hooked, so be sure to leave time and other jobs that are more useful. For example, a lazy learning, it is certainly detrimental to the children.
• Although PS can improve socialization, children often prefer to be alone to play PS. They generally being a cool kid and do not care about the environment.
• Effect of PlayStation also includes healthcare. PS Adverse effects on health can vary.
• Children may develop vision problems due to prolonged exposure to light of a video game. In addition, most children play PS in close proximity to the monitor / TV.
• Bone growth can also not good because kids will often sit and usually tends to bend. Hand and finger pain can also be affected because it is always moving while playing PS.
• Adverse PlayStation the other is to make children become wasteful.
• Imagine if they did not have a PS at home, children will usually go to the rental or leasing PlayStation. In one month, could have the children spend a hundred thousand more if they are addicted to PS.
•Thus, because the game does not just have a positive influence but also negative effects, required parents' role in assisting and supervising the children in playing games. Parents should be able to provide an explanation, advice and good information about the game being played children. Parents also need to control the children about the time limits to avoid excessive game playing and avoid the negative influence for children.

However, there are some tips that can be applied to the parents to keep their children not to be too addicted to the game. Here are some tips that are worth a try:
Avoid authoritarian behavior
Do not forbid children to play games with forcibly seize his game tool. Tindahan only temporarily stop the habit. Instead, it can make children "more daring" and turning your enemies
Good talk
Take time to talk to children and fine and made a deal they could only play games on the holidays.
Divert attention
Try to divert the attention of children with a variety of activities so that they become solid day. Could les basketball, vocal, or language. But after that they take a walk to refresh the mind. Hopefully this way their minds are distracted from the game.

Selection of games
Select a game to suit the child's age. Games that can stimulate the power of reason, knowledge, entertaining, imagination and creativity of children. Avoid games that contain violence, scenes of people fighting.
Impulsive child with attention problems tend to play video games for longer. However, normal children in general who spend a lot of time to develop video games impulsivity and attention difficulties, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association "This is an important finding because most studies on the subject of the attention has focused on the biological and genetic factors rather than environmental factors," said Douglas A. Gentile, PhD, of Iowa State University. Although the findings suggest that playing violent video games can also be associated with impulsivity and attention problems, the overall amount of time spent playing all types of video games are also proven to be a bigger factor, regardless of, race, gender or socioeconomic status children. However, previous research has found that playing video games can improve visual attention to the introduction of rapid and accurate information from the environment, the authors note. "It is possible that the use of electronic media to distract the attention needed for such concentration increases the ability to see and process visual information," said Gentile. Environmental influences suggests that video games can help develop more effective solutions for children and parents, the authors said.

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