BENEFITS THE OF VIDEOGAMES
A NEW report from the National Literacy Trust (NLT) has found that videogames can improve literacy, creativity and wellbeing in young people.
A survey of almost 5,000 young people has revealed that videogames have helped a lot of people through lockdown, and helped develop an interest in reading and creative writing in those who might not usually be keen.
The report found that nearly two thirds (60%) of parents say communicating with friends via videogames during lockdown has helped their child’s mental wellbeing.
It also found that four in five young people who play videogames will read things relating to videogames, like reviews, blogs, books and fan fiction. One in three believe playing videogames makes them better readers.
To promote reading in gamers who aren’t usually the type to pick up a book, the NLT has teamed up with the gaming organisation Ukie and book publishers to launch a bunch of activities and resources, which you can find at literacytrust.org.uk/videogames.