by Christina Goslin

Video games are a popular enjoyment is teen’s and tween’s lives. Video games are good for your education and even your health. In order to win the game, sometimes you have to learn along the way. Despite all these good reasons, many argue that video games can be harmful to your health and cause bad habits. Although some may say that video games are harmful to teens and tweens, video games are beneficial for their education and health. Playing video games helps children’s brain development, decreases stress and depression and helps children develop  life skills and problem solving skills.
 
Video games can be a positive reinforcement for children’s brains. For example, video games are natural teachers, they provide repeated practice, and they include rewards for skillful play. Children can find that the challenges and skill required in games can prompt them to learn. Another example is gamers read story lines and text bubbles to get instructions and to understand the plot. Also they use math skills to keep score and counting resources. Finally, playing video games have many “real life” skills you may have to use in order to win the game. Some of these skills include risk-taking, teamwork, cooperation, understanding challenges and frustrations, management, accuracy, concentration, and many others. “When your child plays video games, it gives his/her brain a real work out. In many video games, the skills required to win involve abstract and high level thinking. These skills are not even taught in school,” says a writer from http://www.raisesmartkid.com/ .This shows that video games are good for children’s brains.
 
 Stress and depression levels for kids in or out of hospitals and seniors can all be lowered by video games. For example, video games are therapeutic for children with chronic illnesses.  Also, video games provide pain relief – video games don’t just provide relief from emotional pain. They can also help those who are suffering from  physical pain. In addition, video games keep you happy in old  age. – They found that senior citizens who said they played video games even occasionally reported “higher levels of happiness, or well-being,” says  Rick Navert at Psych Central. According to Psych Central, playing video games can teach children with autism or an autism spectrum disorder how to respond to visual and verbal queues, improving their social responses – ( Article, “Positive  Effects of Video Games on Children”). This proves why video games help improve stress and depression for kids in or out of hospitals and also seniors.
 
Video games can help children develop certain skills. According to “Review of General Psychology,” video games inspire interest in history and culture. In addition, video games help kids make friends. Video games teach problem solving skills and creativity. According to “Why Video Games Can Beneficial to Kids” –parents.com, “If you  know what to look for, video games can be a powerful tool  to help children develop certain life skills.” Therefore, video games can help kids develop certain skills that are good for children.
 
It’s strange that some people say  that video games are bad for your  eyesight. Your parents may have warned you  that sitting in front  of the TV wasn’t good for your  eyes, but the truth is that actually, video games may be good for your eyesight.  Dr. Daphen Maurer of the Visual Development Lab of Ontario’s McMaster University made a surprising discovery! According to her research, people suffering from  cataracts can improve their  vision by playing first person shooter games like “Medal of Honor” and “Call of Duty.” She believes these games are so fast-paced that they require an extreme amount of attention, training the visually impaired to view more things. Therefore, you might want to think twice about video games and how they impact your  eyesight.

Although some may say  that video games are harmful to teens and tweens, video games are beneficial for their  education and health. Video games are good for children’s brains, they help improve stress and depression for kids in or out of hospitals and also seniors, also video games can help children develop certain skills (these skills are not even taught in school!)

In all, video games are not as bad as you think they are.