How parents of gamer kids can encourage socializing and creativity

For Parents Mar 22, 2021

If you're a parent to a gamer kid, then you know how hard it can be to get your child away from video games.

Should you set restrictions? Just let them ride it out?

Did you know?

Your child can make friends and practice communication skills while having fun with their favorite games! It all happens in Outschool's live online classes for kids ages 3 - 18. Browse classes here.

Maybe your child plays every day, but their grades are good. They are involved in sports or other activities.

Still, you wonder if spending every free moment in front of a video game might impact their skills of socializing or creativity.

If you're a gamer, too, then you might understand the benefits playing games can have for kids. But if video games are foreign to you, you might be suspicious about how they can support your child's development.

Whether you’re concerned about your child's gaming, or you just want to encourage them to build socializing and creativity skills, then look no further.

Outschool provides great ways to encourage socializing and creative play through gaming-themed live online classes. Explore all gaming-themed classes here.

Sometimes a gaming hobby can take away from other things important to a kid’s well-being. But, it doesn’t have to be that way.

Give your child the chance to...

Build discussion skills in a safe online setting

"This was a great class! My 8 yr old had a blast and quickly asked to be signed up for the weekly version of this class. My 7 yr old was a bit hesitant...the teacher did a fantastic job of supporting her throughout the class and letting her step back when she wanted a break." - Outschool parent

Featured class: Among Us: Game Time for the Youngest Players on a Safe, Private Server

This class will help your child to:

  • Meet other children
  • Use deductive reasoning
  • Build discussion skills

Enroll in this class here, or browse all Among Us-themed classes here.

Become a citizen in a virtual town

"My kid would not sit down and learn the topics discussed unless it were in the context of a game he loves with the creative aspect, so this fit him well." - William K on 

Featured class: Meteorcraft: Our class creates and governs a Minecraft city!

This class will help your child to:

  • Learn about democracy
  • Role-play as a citizen
  • Participate in a "town council"

Enroll in this class here or browse all Minecraft-themed classes here.

Solve problems with teammates

"Miss Tracey did a phenomenal job teaching this course. Each child was equally attended to and she made sure everyone knew exactly what was happening at all times...My son's confidence is through the roof right now. Amazing class. Hope to do another in the future." - Melissa M

Featured class: Animal Crossing: Extreme Nighttime Scavenger Hunt and Hide & Seek

This class will help your child to:

  • Develop teamwork skills
  • Practice discussion skills
  • Build problem solving skills

Enroll in this class here or browse all Animal Crossing-themed classes here.

Create a real video game

"My son loved this class and cannot wait to take the next one. He learned to code a simple video game using Kodu and it was so much fun!"

Featured class: Video Game Design (Beginner Coding Part 1)

This class will help your child to:

  • Build design skills
  • Learn basic coding
  • Create a real video game

Enroll in this class here or browse all video game design classes here.

Solve puzzles with other kids

"We surprised Michael with this Fortnite Escape Room experience. He loved it! Such a great online experience, given social distancing requirements. We were able to bring an amazing adventure to our living room." - Brendan S.

Featured class: Escape Room! Fortnite - Escape from the Island

This class will help your child to:

  • Use critical thinking skills
  • Work together as a team
  • Solve challenging puzzles

Enroll in this class here or browse all Fortnite-themed classes here.

Instead of restricting your child's game-playing, use their interest in games as an opportunity for creativity, socializing and learning.

Gerard Dawson

Gerard Dawson is a teacher, parent and writer for Outschool.