Online games have become a distinct aspect of children’s social environment and are an engaging part of their social skill development. In an age when children have at least monitored internet access to others from virtually every part of the planet, online, as in the real world, children continue to learn, evaluate and compare themselves to those in their world, whether virtual or real. Providing kids with quality, challenging and thought provoking online games is an important vehicle to help them learn self-worth and self-esteem. After all, as any child development expert will tell you, kids learn best through play. Kids with high self-esteem are significantly better adjusted socially.


Positive Recognition: A New Twist on ‘I Spy’
Interactive, online self-esteem building games are offered by McGill University. Among them is the popular Eye Spy which teaches children to look for and focus upon positive social cues amidst those in their surroundings while ignoring the negative cues. This game helps kids quickly recognize the significant differences between strong positive and negative social cues in facial features of individuals either smiling jovially or those who are demonstrating strong unhappy or negative facial cues and to develop a reinforced response to the positive cues.


Wow! I AM Cool!
From Education World comes nearly a dozen online, interactive games that help kids develop and boost their sense of self and self-esteem. Ranking Traits and Accentuate the Positive are two games that promote a child’s ability to identify and speak positively about him or herself and then become comfortable with their many positive traits.


When Choices Are Rewarding
A child with access to will join thousands of others around the globe in learning the skills and strategies involved in playing the online game Final Fantasy XIV. The game allows the child to create, develop skills, and interact with others in the interest of gaining levels. The website is far more than a simple fan site. With the information and instruction, success is achieved more rapidly and creativity is ramped up. Kids experience a strong measure of self-fulfillment and productivity as they move forward in the game faster.

If a child is even remotely proficient online, then there is a world of online, interactive games designed to help bolster kids’ self-esteem and come away with a greater sense of accomplishment and a stronger sense of self-worth.


Author Bio:

The author is a father, gamer and writer at When not lost in the virtual world, he writes game guides and reviews.