Choosing a summer camp for kids can be challenging. Camp offerings are as varied as children. Many camps include swimming, boating, nature hikes, crafts, music, sports, and theatre. Parents often look for camps that can provide new ventures for their children to experience — but what about video games as a camp activity? A recent article addressed the pros and cons of video game camps. Some feel sedentary video games contribute to childhood obesity, but camp directors say video games promote strategic problem-solving and social skills using the dominant platforms in today’s youth culture. Here’s a checklist for you and your child to use when considering the best camp option regarding video games:
• Is a sufficient variety of activities offered?
• Is there sufficient supervision in a safe environment?
• Is there a good mix of passive and active activities offered?
• Are there health-related video games (“video games for health”)?
• Is there a good mix of educational games offered?
• Are the games age-appropriate?
• Are there classes in video and/or smartphone game design?
Conversations about making wise video game choices have benefits long after your kids have returned home from camp and the school year begins. You may want to get in the game, too! The nutrition games on Playnormous.com are a terrific place to start!