How Video Games Improve Social Skills For Children
Social skills are something which we use to communicate, interact and to know people around us.
Wherein the social interactions in olden days for kids were just with a bunch of friends at school, neighborhood, or with relatives and a full stop.
But nowadays we have developed many other ways to communicate and share our thoughts, feelings, emotions, our past time, messages and etc with people. Also with some more subtle ways such as body language, our gestures and all other non-verbal methods of communication.
To talk about the trendiest things in kids which improves the social skills in them is the Video Games. Sounds weird to the parents out their? But Yes, that’s true. Research has found that Video Games offer a range of educational and social benefits to kid’s, Professor Mark McMahon, an expert in gaming from Edith Cowan University said.
Social Skills in safely driven environment
Video games might sound solitary thing to many parents out there, but it’s not. Video Games can be played with your friends, can be played with peers online also can played with individuals who are not from friend circle but their friends outside of gameplay.
There are a many other ways in which video games can promote the development of social skills in introvert kids. Playing video games in a group setting can provide a semi-structured and non-threatening environment for an introvert kid to develop and practice the social skills. Kids may also discuss who has gained the most points or who is ahead of who in the game they are playing while playing competing against each other. This type of video games encourages kids to learn about sportsmanship in a safely driven environment.
Communicating and Interacting
It also seems that playing video games encourages the co-operation mind-set, helping each other, and engagement in social causes may lay the groundwork for developing these behavior in real world situations.
Playing co-operative Video games can help teach introvert kids on how to interact with other kids as part of a group of friends, as reticent kids tend to have difficulty in communicating and interacting as part of a group. By communicating with their teammates in a video game (many games have the chatting options involved in it) they are indirectly strengthening on their communication skills and learning valuable social skills that may automatically be implied over to real life interactions too.
Bonding and Participating
The social skill benefits of playing video games are probably greatest when the players play games which are specifically designed to reward and express pro-social behavior such as- effective collaboration amongst players, supporting, and helping other players. Some students who love to play historic games are tend to see that they are having more interest towards participating in social or civic activities such as volunteering, taking leadership in Raising of funds for charity, and encouraging others friends to volunteer for different events in schools.
The virtual social communities, decisions need to be made on the basis of whom to trust, whom to keep in the game and whom to reject, and how to most effectively lead a group while playing video games.
Originally, players need to make discernment while playing these types of social games only if they hope to do well in the game. And it goes on to state that these riveting social contexts inclines kids towards playing games, rapidly learning social skills and pro-social behavior that might generalize to their friends and family relations outside in the normal environment. There is an indication that social skills kids learn within social online video game environments and similarly translates it in their real-world interactions.
“At the end it’s all about personal choices, but breaking the stereotypes and being and keeping your kids out of box is what keeps you flowing in this new era and eventually increase in developing the social skills”