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Child Wellness and Parenting With Gaming
2017-07-04 19:26:48
KC Jones

Games have often been a controversial facet of parenting, but there are ways to ensure parents maintain control and kids have fun gaming while actually benefitting from it.

It’s rather broadly understood that fun is an essential quality of childhood on which many things impinge, and as parents, people understand that fun is essential to their children’s wellness both physically and mentally.There does need to be a means by which a child can play and experience something stimulating.Any such experience is its own learning experience after all, but the ability to ensure that the fun a child is having is the kind of fun that actually pours back into the child optimally is key.

Parents raising Millennial toddlers to teenagers in the Information Age are tasked with all kinds of responsibilities when it comes to securing their children and safeguarding against the things from which they want their children shielded.There are all kinds of potentially negative influences available through virtually any medium imaginable.In order to deal with the conundrum of how to create fun for a child, many parents turn to the concept of games, but in order to see to it that this is wholesome fun, what parents really want is controlled gaming.

This is the age of the videogame.Lots of kids love videogames and can’t help but beg their parents for the newest, latest, coolest, greatest games on the market.Unfortunately, as parents, people usually can’t shake the instinct to check the price, and when they see something between $60 and $80, they tend to get very particular about their investment being worthwhile.In other words, they want all the more to make sure that they are not investing so much into something that will sully their children’s intelligence, ethics or faith in some cases.

This isn’t just about videogames, though.If, indeed, you are currently in the process of parenting a child of any age from the toddler years to the teens, you probably recall a period of time during which you were aghast at the rate at which your son or daughter was learning how to navigate your iPad, Galaxy Note, or smartphone.You probably had apps on your device that you would occasionally use to distract or stall the child when you were too tired to play physically or when you were talking to someone and being tugged to leave.

In no time at all, though, the kid was likely getting in and out of that device with ease, navigating to the apps of his or her choice at will with what you might have felt was a supernatural affinity for technological savvy.This is simply the age in which we live, however.This is the case for parent-child relationships all over the place, and knowing this affects what you might be inclined to choose to do about the kind of access your child theoretically has to all kinds of influences that bother you for one reason or another.

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Before it ever comes to the point where your kid is a zombie playing games all day every day, there has to be a moment when the parents as the responsible adults who know what’s best for their child establish ground rules that govern the amount of time spent playing videogames and what games are being played.The mental wellness of children does require fun, but there are ways to ensure that the fun is also an intellectually beneficial activity.

 All of this being said and with the obligatory precautions expressed regarding video games, which cannot be allowed to raise children, there most certainly are considerable benefits to embracing the Information Age for its videogames and mobile apps.There are all sorts of positive learning experiences involved in allowing children to not just play videogames but even play online games.Many mobile app games, in fact, actually involve players all over the world in relatively immersive gameplay experiences.

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Indeed, as a parent, you’re likely very concerned about deliberately facilitating your child’s online gameplay.It’s a common concern that children will encounter less than reputable characters online who speak a vernacular wrought exclusively of expletives.While this is a legitimate concern for those who are protective of what words they want their children to say, it’s not worth obscuring the real benefits of this sort of activity.Many of these online experiences involve some of the best mechanisms known to man for inculcating a solid sense of achievement, competition, innovation, and goal-oriented progress.

These are all very critical lessons for children to learn as early as possible.It’s very healthy for people to be introduced often to the notion of not just competition but relatively fierce competition wherein they very much care about the outcome.It’s possible for parents to also maintain control of the situation by setting up Gmail accounts for their children since they ordinarily need email addresses to sign into gamer I.D.s and play online.In other words, the parents still have control of the accounts on which the games are being played, and assuming you checked the game to ensure that it wasn’t inherently divergent from what you want for your kid, this is the 21st Century way of stimulating children’s minds and having fun, and by the way, it’s strongly encouraged that you play with your children.


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