Would you buy Wii to a 3 years old ?

United States
March 12, 2009 4:26pm CST
I have a three years old daughter who love to play computer games. Recently, everytime we went to her friends house, (and they have Wii) she loves to play with it, but then some of the bi kids will not allow her to do so. So, she have to wait for everybody to be finnished before she could play. That trigger my husband to buy her one. At first I am quite hesitant because for me she is too young for it, and that she has other better things to do, like draw, paint, read books and the like rather than playing Wii. I know that this is very popular to a lot of kids. But parents, how do you control their time playing ?
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22 responses
• United States
13 Mar 09
no, maybe when they're a few years older. Right now they should be doing other things than playing video games
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• United States
13 Mar 09
Agreed 5000%. That age is simply not meant for video games, and this comes from someone who is known to be a gamer. ;)
• United States
12 Mar 09
I'm not so sure I'd buy one for a girl so young. Wii's really don't have anything to teach young children. They need to explore things with their senses and focus on things like learning the alphabet, colors, numbers, shapes, etc etc. The Wii isn't going to help with fine motor skills. It may help with gross motor skills but not really fine motor. I feel like it should be something that she gets to play with every once in awhile and not all the time. She definitely needs to explore other options before she gets a chance to play on the Wii.
• United States
14 Mar 09
yes, its true I guess she could play with it from time to time but not all the time. It would help her develop other skills but im afraid it would be no good if she plays with it all the time.
• Canada
12 Mar 09
I think there should be a study regarding this, its a very good point. Should younger children play the wii, will they benefit from it? At three years old a child is still perfecting there movements and in a very important learning stage of there life. I cant see as her playing a wii to be a bad thing, She will be preforming physical activities and having fun doing it. But Would limit the use just as we should limit the TV time of children. Ages 2-5 are the most common ages for developing A.D.(H).D mostly due to the overwhelming stimulation from the TV..
• United States
14 Mar 09
Thats a good point, I think we should find a study about this. Or maybe there is one already which I have not found. But I guess what I can do is to limit her time in playing, like an hour.
@abuelin (106)
• Chile
12 Apr 09
yes, but choose "Under 10 years games"
@AbbeyB (670)
• Spain
15 Mar 09
Like any games console you still have to watch the game playing time, my kids recently got one of these and although they are up and being active I still keep an eye to check they are doing other stuff too.
@benny128 (3622)
14 Mar 09
I think 3 is abit young to play on the wii as my 5 year old still finds some of the controls quite hard to use. Tho I would buy a wii over a ps3 or x-box as when my 5 y/o is playing star wars or the wii fit he is exerting and getting exercise so from that point of view they are great,
@wildcat48 (782)
• United States
14 Mar 09
Hi melanie that depends on what kind of games you let her play, they are learning games you can let her play.MY DAUGHTER been on the computer since she was two yrs.old it help them out alot .she had learning games on it.so yes i would buy it for her
@merta815 (12)
• United States
13 Mar 09
i would because its a good way to get them to exercise without them knowing it
@emilie2300 (1892)
• United States
13 Mar 09
I don't see any real harm in there fore most of the games are very active and involved. your not just sitting. and they have singing and othere things for her age. In regards to mointoring how long they use it set a time of day for your child to go on and set a time limit when that time is up then thats it. thats the way I can think of controlling there time so there not always on it.
• United States
13 Mar 09
I have 3 kids that play video games, 7 & 8 year old boys and a 5 year old daughter. The boys play more often that her and they ask to play more often than her. I let them play depending on schoolwork, attitude, daily activites, etc. If they do well in school they add 30 minutes as that is the most important. If they do their chores its added to their weekend time at 10 minutes per chore. They also get 20 minutes for every hour they play something else....read, draw, play outdoors, sports practice, etc. They can keep all their time for one day, that day or for the weekend...they choose when they want to use it and I try most of the time to keep track. I try to keep things equal between all of them and let them know what needs to be done to get time especially if they get a new game and want to be on to finish it in a weekend :) We have an Xbox, a PS2, PS3 and a Wii. The Wii lets them be a little more active and free which is nice but it also gives them the option to just chill out a bit. I think its a great system for all ages and the family can all be involved. Helps with sharing nicely between all age groups.
@sid556 (31006)
• United States
13 Mar 09
I really think that 3 is a bit young for a wii or any other video game. Kids should have lots of free time to develop imaginations and a sense of adventure. When my kids were little, tv and video games were a rare treat. Now grown, it is rare that they indulge in these things even tho they do on occassion.
• India
13 Mar 09
Well if you want your kid to play computer games or console games(which is unavaoidable) I suggest you buy her Wii. Atleast she will get some physical exercise which other consoles do not allow. So mu suggestion would be YES.
@zhuhuifen46 (3486)
• China
13 Mar 09
Wii is a nice entertaining device, and at the same time as a supplement for exercises. Just like gym jogging, it seems to be more accepted for young people, who have limitation to their leisure time. I would rather take the outdoor exercises to enjoy the fresh air while doing exercises. And I guess, whenever possible, the younster need more time in outdoor activities instead of facing the screens. For children, seldom playing the Wii, like my grandson in his aunt's home, is much fun. If you buy one for him, I doubt he would keep that enthusiasm. Little child needs more time in the open air. Try best to have him enjoy the beauty of nature, that is what i often say to my son and in law.
@elmiko (6640)
• United States
13 Mar 09
it would not be bad for later on
• United States
13 Mar 09
One of our friends bought a Wii for their son who is also 3 and he loves it. He also loves to go outside and play and do other things around the house as well. I think that as long as you don't allow your child to sit around all day and just play the game they will be fine. Also with Wii they are getting a little more excersize then they would be playing any other video game as they have to be active to play the game.
@Limbus (14)
• Romania
13 Mar 09
i thing for young childrens should be limited in front of the TV. Between 2-5 yoars is an age at which they have not certainly.
@hotsummer (10379)
• Philippines
13 Mar 09
i don't have a wii. but basing on what i have seen on tv about this gadget. i think that this is such a cool game for kids to play and quite safe i think as long as you have supervision. of course the child is still young and we get worried if the child will injure himself. not because the gadget is dangerous. but because there are lots of moving involve in the game. cause it is like more an exercise coupled with play. and so i think that we should let our kids play with this one. and also we should get to use that too for us adults to benefit from it.
@mswengel (95)
• United States
13 Mar 09
Honestly, I don't think I would let someone that young play video games. Here's why: The brain is still developing is core systems. When a child that young plays video games, it can affect how the brain develops - especially the temporal lobes and the pre-frontal cortex (responsible for decision making and perception of time.) This can lead to a shortened attention span and learning disabilities later in life. So, if I were you, I would put a moratorium on all computer games for a few years. I know this may seem drastic, but trust me. The evidence does not lie.
• China
13 Mar 09
I will of course, and enjoy games with her, since I take Wii as a good way to some body-build path for children.
@daneg33 (1131)
• Canada
13 Mar 09
My daughter is 8 and my son is 4. They can do bowling together and golf. The rest of the games are pretty hard for even a 4 year old. Three years old might be a bit young for the Wii. There are some other games out there, like the "Little Leaps Toddler Video Game System" which is geared towards children 9 months to 3 years. I think she would enjoy it more than the Wii. There is also a system called V-Smile. It is just more rewarding for a child so small to actually be able to play and win some games.