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  Worksheet: Computer games are good for you!
Updated 19 March 2002, 11.39
There could be gaming in your classroom

Computer games that are played on computers like PCs and Macs could become part of your school lessons instead of maths and english after research by clever scientists said they can actually help you learn all sorts of things.

Learning things is important at school so that you can get a job when you're older.

Tony Blair and his government looked into games like Championship Manager which is about football and footballers and SimCity which is about a city you can control and decided they teach children who go to school from about the age of five how to think clearly and make decisions.

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It's often said games are bad for children because they stop them reading books and so they're not as good for them.

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But the research showed problem-solving, and even maths and spelling all got better amongst gamers. This meant they were better at maths and made fewer spelling mistakes.

And because children like to play the games together and not on their own, they're good for communication skills, too.

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SimCity apparently teaches kids that 'life is not simple' and Championship Manager shows how to use databases. Databases use lots of information and are very useful things.

The government is now looking at ways to bring games to the classroom in lots of schools around the country.

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