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May 4th, 2009, 07:34 AM
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May 4th, 2009, 09:21 AM
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Do you think computer games can be good for your kids? If so, how do you think they can benefit children?

I think well monitored computer games can be a very good tool. Both of my older children (Liam 4, and Noah 2.5(autistic)) are visual learners as well as auditory learners. Age appropriate games open up new worlds that I myself am limited to in teaching them. Noah gets a kick out of being allowed to click and press buttons, anticipating what effects his actions will create, while Liam gets excited beating "levels" to move on.
I do, mind you, believe in set computer times.
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May 4th, 2009, 12:39 PM
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I think they can be beneficial to the kid but it depends on the game.
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May 4th, 2009, 01:16 PM
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I definitely think that computer games can be beneficial for kids - in moderation, of course. My daughter has been fascinated by the computer since she was old enough to understand what it was, and started playing preschool games at around age 3 1/2. The right games can be great for teaching basics (colors, letters, numbers) and for reinforcing what kids already know - making the practice fun means the child is more likely to stay interested and retain that information, so I'm all for it.

Now that she's five, she's interested in more advanced games where she has to advance levels, as well as virtual reality games - Littlest Pet Shop has an online world (similar to Webkinz) and she loves to care for her pets there. Although there's less to be learned there, she's learning (and quite well!) how to navigate online, as well as basic computer use - typing, proper method of shutting down - and knows to never, never give any personal information to anyone that she "meets" online.

The computer is also a BIG privilege in our house...she knows that she may lose it for serious infractions of the rules, so it's a nice little motivator too.

So, yes, we're all for computer games - so long as they're age and content appropriate, and with time limits enforced.
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May 4th, 2009, 03:33 PM
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I think that computer games can be very educational and beneficial to children. Of course I would recommend that they be supervised. Computer learning is very interactive and makes learning fun. There's so much audio and visual and unlike television, it's not spoon-fed to them as they simply sit there and watch, mouths hanging agape.
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May 4th, 2009, 08:39 PM
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Computer games are great for kids. People call this the "technology age", but what they really mean is that so many things we used to do by hand are now being done by a computer. (Come on... even the wheel is technology!) Children need a fun way to familiarize themselves with the computer without fear of screwing something up. Computer games also trick children into learning things they would resist otherwise. For example, my 3 year old doesn't like to read books by himself (unless no one's looking). He prefers for us to read to him because we have a more fluid voice (years of practice). However, he absolutely LOVES reading stories online. He's learning the biographies of classical composers right now. What 3 year old would do that without a game to make it fun? Sites like Poisson Rouge, BrainPOP Jr., Starfall, PBS KIDS, Seussville, and Little Amadeus make learning so much fun that I have a hard time pulling him away from the computer!

(P.S. ... computer games also create a little father/son bonding time when they're glued to W.o.W. )

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I think that some computer games can benefit children. My son likes playing Nick Jr games.. which help teach him how to count, his shapes, alphabet, colors and so much more. Also some of the time management games help teach children how to manage time. Sometimes I don't have time to sit down with him and go over these things, with having 2 other children.
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I think computer games can be very good for children. My older two, ages 7 and 9, have learned many things from games, including games that are not educational. Both improved in reading through computer games.
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May 5th, 2009, 04:22 PM
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I think computer games can be benificial with proper monitoring and only certain games. Computers are everywhere now so I think that teaching kids, even at a very young age, how to use them is a good idea. I dont think that kids should be allowed to play on the computer all day, but there are alot of educational games out there that teach kids and theres nothing wrong with playing those from time to time.
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May 5th, 2009, 05:40 PM
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Do you think computer games can be good for your kids? If so, how do you think they can benefit children?

I think computer games can be good for children. My son loves to play his math games online and it helps him with many different concepts from money to fractions. He also reads online which boasts his self confidence. So, Yes they can be benefical in moderation.
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May 6th, 2009, 09:06 AM
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Do you think computer games can be good for your kids? If so, how do you think they can benefit children?
I think good computer games can be good them in moderation. They can help them with reading skills, math skills, spelling, science and they can also help them with creativity.
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May 6th, 2009, 12:02 PM
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I totally think computer games can be beneficial for kids, as long as they are the right kind of games, and properly supervised. My son has learned a lot from the computer - one of his favorite things to do is perform virtual surgeries! He knows more about hip replacements and deep brain stimulation than I do.

My 3 1/2 year old has a speech delay and is a bit behind his peers in learning his colors/letters/numbers, etc.. he has just recently started playing on the computer and I'm noticing a difference in his ability to focus and complete more difficult tasks.

I'm a fan of computer games for kids!
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May 6th, 2009, 07:09 PM
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I think some computer games can be educational for children, it would depend on the game and the child's learning style I guess
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May 7th, 2009, 08:02 AM
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I definitely believe they can be beneficial for children! My 3 year old son loves to play on NickJr.com and PlayhouseDisney.com. He is actually learning math from some of the games. He knows how to type his name in when they ask for it, too. I think he can work a computer better than my mom can

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May 10th, 2009, 09:10 AM
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I think some can be yes...and moderated. There is no need for my child to sit behind a computer screen for hours at a time. Every kid needs a lil enjoyment and fun...so the fun games are OK too. I, however, do not like the games that have the chats available for kids, that really kinda creeps me out!
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