Admit it, you spend most of your free, waking moments online. The world of the internet is so vast with social media, news forums, science portals and much more. It is basically the culmination of all human intelligence with something for everyone. If you want to learn or listen to music or read, you can always find something on the internet. Similarly, there is a popular option to keep your kids engaged in the world of online gaming.
Free and paid games
As with everything on the internet, there are a number of options available to kids when it comes to online gaming, although they can broadly be classified under free or paid categories. Kids can log on or sometimes simply start playing free online games that are hosted on a designated server. This makes playing online games easy as they can just pick up where you left off without the game taking up any space on the system.
For kids who live in unsafe neighborhoods or whose parents cannot devote the time to take them to play outside, online games are a great alternative. Similar to playing with other kids, multiplayer games provide a portal to interact with users from around the world. In this way, their world becomes larger.
Besides free games, there are also paid games. Most of the popular games we see today that allows user interaction, are paid games. This is because the games are heavily, graphically encoded and require large reserves of server space to function. Hence, to keep the game up and running, users are required to pay a small fee. A shorter version of the game is available for free to allow users to sample the game before purchasing. Using the free version, both kids and parents can determine if it is an appropriate game
Types of online games
There are a wide variety of contests available in the market. These include
• Arcade games
• First Person Shooter Games
• Never ending, running games
• Strategy building games
• Educational games
It is up to the parents to determine which games are age appropriate as studies have shown that some games may be harmful to a child's psychology. Arcade games simulate the beloved contests of yore while never ending running contests can keep your child hooked for hours on end! A great way to improve on your child's knowledge is to get them to play educational games. In this way, the time spent playing isn't a total waste. Strategy building games also help a child develop intellect. But it is important that they don't strategize the same thing repeatedly as they may not be able to apply it to real world issues later.
Also, online contests are not just limited to computers. With the veritable range of handheld devices available in the market, kids can be kept occupied while you take them out on potentially boring outings.