It is fact that these days videogames are growing in popularity. People especially children spend long hours playing videogames. The available game options are really diverse. There are various versions of PlayStation, Xbox and other gaming consoles. Other than these consoles there are a number of attractive PC-based games available in market. And now with the advent of PSP and mobile phone based games you can play games even when you are away from home.

While no one can deny the fact that videogames are good for developing hand eye coordination in young children and some games which are strategy based give good exercise to their grey matter, it is doubtful what good this videogames culture will ultimately do to the creativity of the younger generation because spending most of the free hours playing video games leaves very little time for pursuing other interests.

To preserve the sanity of everybody concerned, something needs to be done very seriously and urgently to reduce this addiction.

Videogames cannot be taken out of a child’s life totally, but its attraction can be reduced substantially. And cartoons can play a vital role here. But we’re not talking of watching TV cartoon shows. Children instinctively love to draw, at the same time they also love cartoons. If they are encouraged to take up the cartoon drawing it will help to channel their energy to a much more creative and entertaining activity.

Cartoon drawing is a quite inexpensive hobby, and one can get started with a pencil, a pad and an eraser. But this inexpensive hobby can be a fulfilling, rewarding and creatively satisfying profession in later years.

The beauty of the whole thing is when in course of time the child starts picking up cartooning skills his attraction to videogames and total time of the day spent with games both will drop. Plus when parents, his peers like and praise his drawings his overall confidence in his own abilities gets a well deserved boost. Which is good not only for his cartooning skills but this also helps him to grow into a confident and well adjusted adult.

For a youngster his skills in cartoon drawing –which was taken up just for fun– can prove to be a real asset for his career. Animator, Web designer, illustrator, art instructor and various other similar professional options will be open for him.

So encourage your kid to take up cartoon drawing as a hobby and see how it transforms him.

Source by Tapan Sarkar