Recently, a grandmother asked me how to make her grandson to be faster in responding. I answered: playing electronics games. I am not sure if she is surprised by my answer. But, I am telling the truth. Her grandson is not really slow in responding, it is just that he is comparatively slower than his twin brother.
Most electronic games set a time limit for you to accomplish a task. Thus, the games train you to think faster (This is what the grandmother wants the grandson to be). What children can learn from playing electronic games:
- Choose an appropriate game — Sooner or later, children grow up and need to make their own decisions. Parents can help the younger children to choose an appropriate game to play. For older children, why not let them choose themselves? And you will see how good or bad the decision is and guide them along the way.
- Time planning — Two aspects of time planning are learnt. First, the time limit set in a game. A 7-year-old boy said it’s not fair when it was game over for him in a few seconds. For adults, we know that it is fair enough because time limit has been set and we should abide by the rules. Second, the time set for games. We cannot play games for one whole day, even if it is a holiday. Thus, we must set a time limit per day. Parents must make sure the child comply with the time limit set.
- Strategy planning — If you want to win the game or go up to the next level, you must have strategy. How you plan to archive your goal set you thinking.
- Proper use of money (gems, gold, etc.) — Games have gems, gold or other “expensive” currency to help you along the way. Children may tend to use all the gems to buy nice and cute stuff offered. That’s when the parents can teach them to delay gratification.
- Look for details — If you are not going to use the “expensive” currency to help you, are you still able to get to the next level? Yes, you just have to look out for the details to help you. There are many ways to win, as long as you can find which way is more suitable.
- Learn the rules — The 7-year-old boy who said it’s not fair has not learnt the rules. For younger children, parents can explain the rules to them and make sure they understand. No child is too young to learn all the rules. I went to a Sudoku competition some years ago; children solved the puzzle in a shorter time than adults. Thus, teach the children and they will amaze you with what they can archive.
You may ask, which games do I recommend? I would recommend Sudoku and Candy Crush Saga. When it is time for playing games, I like to choose games that do not need much thinking, and then I discard the games because they are boring. Thus far, Sudoku and Candy Crush Saga are the two games that set my brain working and I will keep playing for some time.
Playing electronics games is good, but not the best for children.
Yes, we must have other activities for children, such as reading and sports. Although there are advantages for playing electronics games, there are also disadvantages. Therefore, keep a balance between games and other activities.