The right video games can boost kids’ well-being | Science & Technology

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Video games can contribute to and support the well-being of children if they are designed with the needs of children in mind, according to new research.

The report, the second in the Responsible Innovation in Technology for Children (RITEC) project, establishes that digital gaming companies and game designers can and should support the well-being of children through the games they produce. The study also demonstrates that digital play has a particularly positive impact on children’s autonomy, competence, creativity, and identity when it responds to their deep interests, needs, and desires.

Jan L. Plass, a professor at New York University Steinhardt, led one of three studies appearing in the report. To understand the effect of digital play on children’s well-being, Plass and his colleagues implemented a 10-week intervention involving digital games including Lego Builder’s Journey and Rocket League with…


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