In this day and age, many parents are plagued by their children’s video game addiction. It just seems like there is no way to get their child to get off the computer or console anymore. Parents must take a more pro-active role that should also be pre-emptive. It is important not to make video games the villain, as they are fun and useful ways to pass time that have actually shown to improve a child’s problem solving abilities. The key point must be moderation and not abstinence. It is also of prime importance that there are alternate sources of entertainment so that the children do not lose out on valuable play time.
Here are a few important reasons why traditional games are useful to tackle video game addiction.
1. Traditional games are good exercise
These games generally involve running or jumping or some kind of physical activity, since traditional games were made before the age of sedentary entertainment. Exercise benefits your child in a lot of ways, and keeps him/her active and healthy. It also improves athletic ability and stamina. Exercise has also long been associated with the development of cognitive function, meaning your child will be smarter.
2. Traditional games help keep culture alive
In many ways, traditional games are culturally influenced and vary from place to place. They may involve singing traditional songs, or certain practices that have very deep cultural roots. Children should grow up and be able to associate their childhood with where and who they grew up with. It is important for there to be some kind of cultural totem in their childhood so that they have a sense of pride for their homeland.
3. These games provide social contact.
Traditional games are often played in groups. Children grow up playing these games with their neighbors, friends and family and these games create bonds and social understanding that is critical for success in life. Computer games don’t involve as much social contact so it is better to have some social component in your child’s playtime.
4. These games can be played anywhere.
Traditional games are easy to play and can be played almost anywhere. In most cases they do not require any toys or items and even if they are necessary they are inexpensive compared to consoles and games. The only thing necessary for these games is people to play them with and a space in which to play them
As you can see from the above mentioned facts, there is a definite advantage to be had by introducing your child to traditional games. These games are timeless and almost always fun because they draw on the imagination and energy that is present in nearly all children.