Why playing in the virtual world has an awful lot to teach children

A YouGov poll has suggested that computer games can damage children’s ability to communicate, but Tom Chatfield argues that gaming imparts a range of new, vitally important skills.

What does playing computer games do to us? A YouGov poll has stirred up familiar worries about the effects of new media on children‘s communication skills, saying that one in six children under the age of seven in England has difficulty talking – a problem that will have many worried parents looking at games consoles and wondering how far their children’s onscreen delights are implicated in this decline.  Read more.

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