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Potential impacts of Playing Games for Kids


         It's always interesting to talk about games. Choosing suitable games for kids depends on various factors. There are numerous games, catering to various interests and age groups. When selecting games for kids, it's essential to consider their age, interests, and developmental stage, as well as any safety precautions necessary for outdoor or digital activities. Additionally, parental guidance and supervision are crucial to ensure that the games are age-appropriate and safe for children. 

How to select appropriate games for kids:

  • Age-Appropriateness: Games should be suitable for the child's age group. Check the recommended age range on the game packaging or description.
  • Educational Value: Look for games that offer educational benefits such as improving cognitive skills, problem-solving abilities, creativity, or educational content aligned with school curriculum.
  • Safety and Content: Ensure that the game content is safe and appropriate for children. Avoid games with violence, explicit language, or mature themes.
  • Interactive and Engaging: Choose games that are interactive and engaging to keep children entertained while also stimulating their minds.
  • Multiplayer Options: Games that offer multiplayer options can encourage social interaction and cooperation among children.
  • Parental Controls: Consider games that have parental control features, allowing parents to monitor and control the content and playing time.
  • Physical Activity: For younger children, consider games that encourage physical activity and movement, such as outdoor games or active video games.
  • Creative Expression: Games that promote creativity and imagination can be beneficial for children's development. Look for games that involve storytelling, building, or artistic activities.
  • Family-Friendly: Choose games that the whole family can enjoy together, promoting bonding and shared experiences.
  • Reviews and Recommendations: Read reviews from other parents or educators to get an idea of the game's suitability and quality.

Some of suitable games for kids across various platforms and age groups:
  • Educational Apps: Apps that teach letters, numbers, shapes, and basic concepts.
  • Puzzle Games: Games that require problem-solving skills and critical thinking.
  • Adventure Games: Age-appropriate adventure games with mild challenges and exploration.
  • Stimulation Games: Games that simulate real-world activities such as cooking, farming, or managing a virtual business.
  • Music and Rhythm Games: Games that involve music and rhythm, which can be fun and engaging for kids.
  • Board Games: Classic board games like Monopoly, Scrabble, or Chess, which promote strategic thinking and social skills.
  • Money Games: Financial games designed specifically for kids to learn about money management, budgeting, and basic financial concepts in a fun and interactive way. 
        These games vary in complexity and target age group, choose one that best suits your child's age and interests. Additionally, many of these games are available for free or offer free trial versions, making them accessible to families looking to educate their children about financial literacy.

       This is one of my favorite portal games, designed with colorful graphics, simple controls, and age-appropriate content to ensure that kids can easily navigate and enjoy them. They provide a safe and entertaining online environment for children to play and learn at their own pace.

        Playing games can have both positive and negative impacts on kids, depending on various factors such as the type of games, duration of play, and how they are integrated into a child's life. Here are some potential impacts:

Positive Impacts:

  1. Cognitive Development: Certain games, particularly puzzle-solving, strategy, and educational games, can improve cognitive skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, spatial awareness, and memory.
  2. Motor Skills: Video games that require precise movements, such as sports or action games, can enhance hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.
  3. Social Skills: Multiplayer games or games that involve cooperation and teamwork can foster social interaction, communication skills, and the ability to work with others.
  4. Creativity: Some games, particularly those with open-world or creative modes, encourage creativity and imagination as children build, design, or role-play within the game environment.
  5. Stress Relief: Playing games can be a form of relaxation and stress relief for children, providing an outlet for emotional expression and escapism from daily pressures.
  6. Learning Opportunities: Educational games can supplement traditional learning methods and make learning more engaging and enjoyable for children.

Negative Impacts:

  1. Excessive Screen Time: Spending too much time playing games can lead to sedentary behavior and may contribute to health issues such as obesity, eye strain, and disrupted sleep patterns.
  2. Violence and Aggression: Exposure to violent or inappropriate content in games can desensitize children to violence and may increase aggressive thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
  3. Social Isolation: Excessive gaming can lead to social withdrawal and isolation if children prioritize gaming over real-life social interactions with family and peers.
  4. Impact on Academic Performance: Spending excessive time playing games can negatively impact academic performance if it interferes with homework, studying, or other educational activities.
  5. Risk of Addiction: Some children may develop problematic gaming habits, leading to addiction-like behaviors characterized by compulsive gaming, withdrawal symptoms when not gaming, and neglect of other responsibilities.
  6. Inappropriate Content: Children may be exposed to inappropriate content, including language, themes, or online interactions, in certain games, which can have a negative influence on their behavior and attitudes.

       To mitigate the negative impacts and maximize the positive ones, parents and caregivers should establish clear guidelines for gaming, set limits on screen time, encourage a balance of activities, choose age-appropriate games, monitor their child's gaming habits, and engage in open communication about gaming habits and content. Additionally, providing alternative forms of entertainment, encouraging outdoor play, and fostering real-life social connections can help promote healthy gaming habits.


  1. Even though playing games for children has many benefits, parents also have to control them. Because currently there is a phenomenon of parents giving gadgets to their children without any control.

  2. Wow, this is really suitable to play during the holidays, especially for those who have lots of alone moments. Not everyone is busy with a big family, huhu. This can be entertainment when you are bored and awkward when the Eid atmosphere is too busy.

  3. IMO money game is best for early financial education and math teaching. It should be fun and easier for kids

  4. Games that are suitable for children to play because the choices are quite diverse and can be adapted to children's learning needs. The fun thing is that the game is educational so that not only playing but also getting an interesting learning process. Productive activities with fun ways.

  5. Parents control most important to arange kids schedule when they can play the game.

    Don't forget about educationals games so that not only playing but also getting an interesting learning

  6. Games indeed help children develop their thinking patterns, but children need to understand the time and comprehend what can arise from playing games, both the positive and negative impacts.

  7. Really appreciate to the game developer that always create something new especially for kids. They can play and learn new things so make them feel enjoy it.

  8. Meski permainan game bermanfaat, anak anak yang menggunakan harus difasilitasi agar tidak berlebihan. Karena dampak gadget tanpa pengawasan jauh lebi buruk terutama soal kesehatan

  9. I think I don't have the same preference with my children because they are teenager now and they can choose their own favorites.

  10. Very nice. From this article, i found an interested way to educate about financial to my child

  11. Jujurly saya kurang suka kalau anak2 kebanyakan main game lama2 gk sehat juga makanya saya selalu dampingin mereka saat lagi main games biar mama juga selalu update

  12. nice info kak Zia, thankyou for informing such excellent info about select appropriate games for kids. how ever as a parents we should smart and wise when choosing any kind games for our kids

  13. ada games di mortgage ini yang daku suka, soalnya suka memainkannya di kala senggang bekerja, biar gak suntuk hehe

  14. Bagus nih ada game yang mengajarkan edukasi finansial sejak dini. Jadi anak-anak bukan sekadar main aja, tapi bisa mendapat ilmu keuangan sekaligus.

  15. Saat memilih game anak, memang penting memperhatikan unsur umur, apakah cocok atau tidak dengan usianya. Selain itu nilai apa yang didapat dari game tersebut.

    Jangan sampai salah memilih, karena seringkali mendengar anak-anak mengeluarkan kata-kata kasar dan hal negatif itu diterapkan di kehidupan sehari-harinya dan kadang meresahkan.

  16. Board games is my favorite! Penting banget sih untuk paham plus minus dari setiap games yang bakal dimainkan. Dengan begitu, kita bisa lebih selektif dan tidak menghabiskan waktu secara cuma-cuma.


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