Video Games: Good or Bad?Good: Bad:~Some experts say that video ~Violent video games. games can help children with their learning. ~Too much screen time.~It is a good tool for cognitive thinking. ~Promotes violence.~It can help with problem ~Can cause depression. solving. ~They can be addictive.~Video games in moderation is absolutely fine!
The Positive Side• Dexterity• Computer Literacy• Strategic Thinking• Problem Solving• Puzzle Solving Skills• Perseverance• Memory
What Experts Say “By “confirmed,” the authors mean that the outcomes have received consistent empirical support for causal claims. They describe two such confirmed positive outcomes: 1. Playing video games can result in superior visual attention. 2. Video game play improves the ability to mentally rotate or arrange objects.” (Gee, 2007)
Some More Positives• Some experts say video games may have positive effects on • Friendships • Socialization skills • Leadership • Cooperative team-building skills
The Negative Side• “A majority of teens admitted that their parents do not impose a time limit on the number of hours they are allowed to play video games. The study also showed that most parents are unaware of the content or the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) rating (see below) of the video games their children play.” Walsh (2000)• “Adolescent girls played video games for an average of 5 hours a week, whereas boys averaged 13 hours a week". A study conducted by Gentile, Lynch, Linder & Walsh (2004)
CONTD.Children who play an excessive amount of video games:• Tend to be more aggressive• Are more prone to confrontation with their teachers• May engage in fights with their peers• See a decline in school achievements. (Gentile et al, 2004).Also,Obesity becomes an issue, lack of focus, depression becomesA higher risk, and social skills drop drastically.
What Are Video Games Trying to Tell You?• Children already have pressure on who to be from Is This Appropriate for Children? movies, TV, celebrities, etc.• Looking like this is better than the way you already look?• What kind of message does this send?
Work Cited• Yahoo! Images• http://kidshealth.org/kid/talk/qa/video_gaming.html• http://www.raisesmartkid.com/3-to-6-years-old/4-articles/34-the- good-and-bad-effects-of-video-games• Gee, J. P. (2007). What video games have to teach us about learning and literacy (rev ed.). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.• http://glinton.wordpress.com/2010/01/05/the-effects- of-video-games-on-learning-the-positive-view/