Maybe you’re desperately trying to tackle a mountain of work, but your child is bored and begging you to take them somewhere or play with them. Maybe your child is desperate to play a round of online games because they simply enjoy it. Don’t let your mommy-guilt consume you if give into their requests and let them play games online every now and then. Yes, it’s true – there are some benefits to it, and here are some tips for making it both a fun and productive past-time:
Designate time for your child to play online games. Just as they shouldn’t sit in front of the TV for eight hours a day, nor should they sit in front of the computer or on a tablet for hours on end, your little ones need an allotted time frame for their online games. If your child is going to play an online game, give them an hour at the most. On a rainy day, you can push this to three hours, as long as they have regular breaks in between.
As their parent, it is your responsibility to ensure they are not playing games that have an age restriction. Find suitable online games for their age group and level of understanding. You can also play a part in choosing games that are educational, or assist with hand-eye coordination and logical thinking.
Strictly monitor their online activity. Your computer should have stern firewalls in place to prevent any untoward online browsing. All pop-ups should be blocked and child-safe browsing should be enabled on both your search engines and in the web browser itself. Log into the website that your child will be playing on, and regularly check in to ensure that they are playing the game and not doing anything or seeing anything that they are not supposed to.
Play with them occasionally! They may need help on certain levels and it is a fun activity to share together. The right games are as educational as they are fun, and your child will be delighted to tap into skills that they never knew they had. Even better is having a parent witness their mastery of a tricky level.
Although many people think that video games are mindless, the right ones can be educational! They teach critical thinking, improve memory when it comes to certain moves, levels and tricks within the game, and offer hours of interactive fun for children who would otherwise be glued to a TV set, barely using their imagination or actively thinking at all.
There are many fun kids’ games online to suit every child’s personality. For example, your little one may be into dinosaurs – you can find an interactive dinosaur-themed game for them. Perhaps they are older and want to solve puzzles or make their way through a maze – there is something for everyone. Do your research and be involved with their online gaming and you can rest assured that they will be playing safely each time that they get clicking.
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