BEST ONLINE GAMES FOR KIDS
These seven are safe, entertaining and educational.
Beatrice Lim’s eight-year-old son Ben spends a few hours a week playing online games. And the 38-year-old teacher encourages it. “Most parents have the perception that gaming is a waste of time, that it teaches kids to be violent and aggressive,” she says. “But I believe that the benefits outweigh the risks – as long as you choose the games wisely and supervise the sessions.”
Numerous studies have pointed to the advantages of online gaming for kids. Research done by Michigan State University scholars in 2011 found that both boys and girls who play computer games tend to be more creative.
Several other studies, by Daphne Bavelier, professor of brain and cognitive sciences at the University of Rochester in New York, show that gamers of all ages perform better than non-gamers on tests of attention, speed, accuracy, and multi-tasking.
Dr Lim Boon Leng, psychiatrist at Dr BL Lim Centre for Psychological Wellness at Gleneagles Medical Centre, agrees that online gaming can enhance a child’s cognitive abilities: “Many games encourage exploration, foster creativity, and help kids become better decisionmakers. They may also improve hand-eye coordination and visualspatial ability. Multiplayer games are also beneficial as they teach children about teamwork and help to develop their social skills.”
Here are our top educational game picks: