Children who play video games are often stigmatised as being lazy, anti-social, and less abled at school. Of course, excessively playing video games (as with anything) can lead to problems involving a child's mental and physical health. But, in moderation, there are a variety of health benefits associated with casual gaming which we will look at carefully below.

Improves understanding of the social and physical world

Stories are powerful for helping children to gain new experiences and handle important life decisions. Casual gaming and educational gaming has opened the doors for children to experiment socially and physically without worrying about any consequences. Physical worlds can be tested, allowing gamers to understand cause and effect. Gamers who have special educational needs can enjoy the benefits of social gaming without feeling judged or embarrassed with their disability.

Builds language skills

Games can also be fantastic for building confidence in reading. Less abled children can hear and see the words being read out by characters which can help instil confidence. Games like Mirrors Edge and The Walking Dead have been great for capturing the minds of children who have then gone on to read books and comics associated with them, encouraging children to broaden their interaction with different formats of learning.

Offers new experiences

Memories are important and playing a computer game can be great for giving children an experience they might never want to forget. Younger gamers could feel disconnected with essential areas of their life without their regular social gaming. Some children often go away with their families on holidays and can experience different cultures. While away, they can try out new activities like snowboarding or swimming. Gamers from disadvantaged backgrounds or with lifelong disabilities may never take part in certain activities or travel abroad. Going through an experience as a character on screen can enable children to feel like they're not bound by their background or current circumstances, which can provide them with greater confidence for the future.

Develops patience and the ability to follow instructions

Casual gaming is also great for teaching younger gamers the importance of working for rewards by being patient. Some games can make gamers complete quests which can be hours long. In return, gamers are rewarded with a game's currency, equipment, or unlockables for new parts of the game. In the real world, younger gamers can understand how to break down complicated tasks to make them manageable without losing interest quickly.

Playing computer games in moderation can play a vital role in keeping a child's emotional and physical wellbeing in check. So, before you throw your child's console into the closet, consider the benefits above, which will help your child to keep developing a better, more imaginative and independent person.