Video Game Advantage for Kids: Video Games = Good? (Part 3 of 6)
By: Kate Camillo
This week, we will be discussing how video games can spark children’s interest in history and culture! If you’re new, check out our previous blogs on other awesome benefits video games can bring to children like ways to express themselves and improvements in their problem solving skills. We’re halfway through this series and if you’re not on board yet, you are about to be! So sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride!
Children divulge into other worlds and outer dimensions, they dive head first into other cultures and new places. They learn about cultural traits and get to explore places through their games. Not every game they play is going to take place in a setting similar to their hometown, this is going to lead to them learning more about the surrounding world. The content in these video games inspires kids to learn and research. And we certainly cannot forget that content counts! As a parent, there are many opportunities to encourage your kids to learn about all sorts of topics such as world history, geography, ancient cultures, and international relations when playing these games. It’s time to take advantage of these opportunities and hopefully spark your child’s interest in history, culture, and all related subjects. The same way that kids can express themselves in video games, video games can express culture and traits that would have completely been missed by these kids if it weren’t for these games.
As we know children’s brains are like sponges, they absorb everything. This might have been a deterrent for video games in the past, but now it’s time to embrace what great opportunities for learning and growth video games have. Whether it’s the history of the very streets they walk on or the culture of a country thousands of miles away, children are constantly learning. This creates a bigger platform for you, as a parent, to be more involved in your child’s interests. This is a way to connect to your children; help them learn more about the place where their character lives whether that’s ancient Greece or the farmlands of Scotland. History can tend to be somewhat of a boring subject in school (sorry Mr. Moore; my high school history teacher). The fact that there are ways to learn history through a video game is a great tool that we need to take advantage of, parents!
The Fujimini series and the Fujimini Island game hold this specific topic very close as we pride ourselves on exposing children to Asian culture. While playing our game and reading our books, your children will be learning and having fun at the same time! Which truly is what we want, right?
Thanks for tuning in this week, or whatever week you’re reading this! I hope you are as excited for the next post as I am! Next week, same time sound good to you? Awesome, see you then!