Kids love video games, and who can blame them? Entertaining, educational, informative, video games are a lot of fun, but how can you make sure your children are playing the right kind of games? Here’s a guide on how to select video games for your kid.
The only way you can really know what a video game is like is to inform yourself. The internet is full of reviews and ratings of the games your child is playing or wants to play, so why not check out the titles before you buy the game? To be extra sure that the game your child is playing is safe and age appropriate, you could play with them to make sure you are comfortable with the game. A lot of games will come with an age classification or guideline, or you may be able to make judgements based on the subject, for example, a game based on your kid’s favorite TV show will be designed to appeal to the audience of that TV show, making it easier for you to decide if it’s suitable in your home.You can always set parental controls on video game consoles or home devices that your child uses, giving you extra peace of mind that your kid is playing appropriate games.
What Interests Your Kid?
One of the easiest methods of picking a video game for your child is to buy a game based on your child’s interests. If your son or daughter loves basketball, buy them a basketball based game. If they love kittens, buy them a game about kittens. If they love adventures, get a game with an adventure story. The easiest games to select are the ones based on your children’s favorite TV shows because they contain characters, locations, and characteristics that are immediately recognizable and if your child enjoys watching it on TV, they’ll probably love the video game.
Where is the Added Value?
There are so many video games out there. Making sure your child’s games are varied is easy. It’s important that games are entertaining, but you can also select games that offer social, creative or educational elements. If your child has a time limit for gaming or is allowed to play only as a treat, then make sure their games really are a treat and balance the educational games with plenty of fun.
Importantly for you, and your pocket, is affordability of video games. They can be pricey, but there are also plenty of free games or low-cost games available online or second hand. Just make sure you read the fine details and choose games you’re comfortable with your kid playing.