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Video Games Benefits and Advantages

Self esteem is an important aspect of any child’s development. It allows them to becomemore confident in many areas, including social skills and learning. Video game players oftendiscuss games with peers and exchange ideas, providing them with a sense of pride .belonging. This social interaction is necessary for all levels of development. Games thatsimulate real life situations or contexts help players improve observation skills. Improvedobservation can lead to more positive social interaction and better decision making. When achild or teen is more observant of the language and gestures of others, the ability to makejudgments about character are enhanced. Scaffolding and language skills are additional benefits that some experts claim videogames can have. Scaffolding in the principle of presenting tasks, having them mastered, thenpresenting a more difficult level. Researchers have shown that programs that contain asubstantial amount of scaffolding also may improve language skills. Notall video games are presented in this manner or present the player with new language, but manyhave underlying value that is not as obvious as some of the games designed specifically forlearning and improving cognitive skills.Even games that contain violence or aggression may be structured in such as manner asto challenge the thought processes, by demanding increased memory.

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