"Computer games can be a popular item on many kids’ Christmas wish list. But for some parents, gaming has been linked to a range of negative connotations, from time wasting to promoting violence.
"Edith Cowan University (ECU) Associate Professor Mark McMahon, an expert in gaming, said research has found that games offer a range of social and educational benefits to gamers.
"The key is to ensure the game is appropriate, both in terms of age restriction and game content.
"Rather than being anti-social and time wasting, Professor McMahon said gaming can actually build social skills in children.
“Gamers are reaping the social benefits when their friends come over and they play computer games together. They’re often strategising, managing complex tasks and forming and managing teams,” he said."