If you’ve got an elementary schooler, chances are pretty good they’re asking for video games this Christmas or Hanukkah. They’re growing up in the digital age, after all, where 29 percent of gamers are under the age of 18, and some 56 percent of parents actually say games have a positive effect on their kids.
There’s even a fair amount of science that says video gaming can be good for kids. One study in the journal Pediatrics that looked at kids who played up to an hour of video games a day found the gamer kids were less hyperactive, more social and happier than those who don’t play at all.
Reason enough to hit the video game stores this holiday? Here are the games your kids are sure to ask Santa for this year — and what parents need to know about them.