Television and video games like most anything else, can have a negative influence on our children if used incorrectly. Violence on television and video games can desensitize children to violence and give false expectations of real life. However, when parents take an active role in monitoring and guiding their children toward appropriate, educational games and videos, they can greatly enhance children’s learning with undeniable, positive, life-changing results.
Can video games serve as a driving tool for education? What I observe when it comes to learning and human development reveals that games are extremely useful educational tools. With video games becoming a mainstay component in entertainment for today’s youth, it is important that parents and educators harness and promote positive reinforcement of the gaming experience. Video games can compliment the traditional stand-and-deliver form of education by enriching children’s lives with improved opportunities for meaningful learning and the development of new skills, I have come up with important reasons why I believe video games are a necessary tool and should be used as a force for positive change in the education of children.