Skip links

New Research Shows Thoughtfully Designed Video Games Can Enhance Children’s Well-being

New research from UNICEF Innocenti’s Global Office of Research and Foresight, part of the Responsible Innovation in Technology for Children (RITEC) project, suggests that video games can significantly enhance the well-being of children if designed thoughtfully.

Collaborative Efforts
This international collaboration, co-founded by UNICEF and the LEGO Group and funded by the LEGO Foundation, highlights the potential of well-designed digital games to promote children’s autonomy, competence, creativity, identity, emotion regulation, and relationship building.

Study Findings
Conducted in partnership with the University of Sheffield, New York University, City University New York, and the Queensland University of Technology, the study found that digital games offer children valuable experiences such as a sense of control, mastery, achievement, and the ability to explore personal and social identities. However, the positive impact of games depends on their ability to cater to children’s unique needs and desires.

Advocating for Responsible Designs
As digital games evolve, the research advocates for designs prioritizing young players’ safety, creativity, and emotional development, potentially redefining gaming’s role in nurturing future generations.

Traditionally, video games have been viewed with skepticism, often considered detrimental to the psychological and emotional development of children due to their potentially addictive features. However, this new study suggests a nuanced perspective, prompting a reevaluation of how games are crafted and integrated into children’s lives rather than attempting to eliminate video games from children’s lives—a challenging and potentially counterproductive approach.

Leave a comment

This website uses cookies to improve your web experience.