Video games have something to offer children, but do influence their behaviour according to a leading research psychologist from the University of Hertfordshire.
In an interview with IncGamers, Professor Karen J Pine said that anything that “children are exposed to for lengthy periods will have an influence on them,” but video games are just a part of “a myriad of experiences that make up the world of the child.”
Pine acknowledges that video games not only help develop and enhance social skills such as negotiation and collaboration, but is worried that children are spending too much time in their virtual world when there is a whole new real world to discover.
“When they are playing games they are missing out on being outside, exploring the environment, being physically active and interacting socially with their friends and family.”
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