The pros and cons of video games

Kelley King, Educational Consultant & Author, explains why boys enjoy video games so much more than girls, and shares advice on pros and cons of parents letting their kids play video games
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The pros and cons of video games

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Boys are the ones who are more drawn to video games. In fact, avid video games are ten to one, boys versus girls. The things that draw kids, primarily boys, to video games are the fast action sequence, the aggression themes. You get to blow things up. You get to track objects moving through space. It's very visual spatial. It's the immediate feedback, the competitiveness, of it. It gives something for kids to talk about. They talk about their video gaming and all that. All of those things appeal to a boys learning style. I think, the primary problem with video games is not what they are doing while they are playing their video games, but rather, what they are not doing when they are playing with video games. They are not engaging socially with others. They are not getting exercise. They are not outside riding a bike. They are not doing homework. In fact, the more hours in the day that kids spend playing video games is a correlation to how they are doing in school, because they are losing out on that academic time. That is consistent with other computer use. Too much time, leads to academic loss and academic achievement.

Kelley King, Educational Consultant & Author, explains why boys enjoy video games so much more than girls, and shares advice on pros and cons of parents letting their kids play video games

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Kelley King

Educational Consultant & Author

Kelley King has been a K-12 public school educator for over 25 years with work in the areas of school administration, gifted education and special education. Kelley is currently the Associate Director of the Gurian Institute and provides on-site and online workshops for parents and teachers internationally. Kelley is a co-author, with Michael Gurian and Kathy Stevens, of two books on education: Strategies for Teachings Boys and Girls: A Workbook for Elementary Educators and Strategies for Teaching Boys and Girls: A Workbook for Secondary Educators. Kelley finished her third book entitled Writing the Playbook, a guide for principals on creating schools that honor the unique strengths and characteristics of boys. Kelley is the mother of an 18-year-old son and a 16-year-old daughter.

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