Researchers have recently begun to examine the benefits of video games in learning. They have found four skill sets in which video games have had a positive impact: cognitive, motivational, emotional and social.
Cognitive benefits include increased ability to focus, pay attention and react. Motivational benefits include encouraging an incremental theory of intelligence. Emotional benefits include inducing positive moods and the ability to regulate emotions. Social benefits include the ability to transfer social skills learned from co-player and multi-player games to real life relationships.
This is not to say that all games are good for kids. To get the most out of games, parents should play the games with kids at home. Teachers should also make kids aware of how games are designed when incorporating them into their curriculum.
Read the entire article here: