Video games often get a bad rap for promoting bad behavior but a new study at Oakland's Mills College finds that video games can actually be good for kids, especially if the game they play requires a partner, which teaches social interaction. Some games provide lessons in civics, history, and problem solving. Moreover, contrary to some who believe violent games breed violent behavior, this study found that that is too strong a statement.
Rebecca Bell, Ph.D., educational psychologist, says, "The reality is you need to look at the kids, how they think about the video games, do the parents endorse these video games, are they playing them with others or alone, there's just so many contextual factors, we need to get beyond good or bad."
Of course, the experts agree that the key to any game is moderation.