Do You Allow Your Children To Play Video Games?

United States
August 19, 2007 12:15am CST
I have two boys ages 3 and 5 and I dont feel they need to play video games all the time. Once in a while we sit as a family and play motorcycles or cars. Its alot of fun. I did buy them a V-smile and they love it. I do Too! Its very educational for them. It teaches Them color, numbers, letters counting, shapes, math, geography, ect.. They play it almost everyday but only for an hour or so. So do your kids play video games?
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19 responses
• United States
23 Aug 07
I love video games, so I will allow my children to play games, but I get the final say on which ones they can and can not play, no Grand Theft Auto in my home, but ATV 3 is great, Maddon, fun for them, Spyro...LOVE IT! Sometimes we challenge each other, it's a really fun family activity for us! However I do want to get the WII, I have seen it played, and its' a great way for the kids to get some physical activity involved, which is wonderful! I saw a t-shirt when we went school shopping..it said..." Play Outside? What, is that some seceret level?" I thought that was hilarous!!! ( yes, we do play outside) LOL
• United States
23 Aug 07
LOL Thats a great shirt! I feel sometimes kids get to involved in there games and dont get enought physical activity. The wii would be good for that.
@brand4less (1061)
• Indonesia
19 Aug 07
i open this discussion bcoz i wana know what people will say.i'm 4 months pregnant now and have a very limit experience in raising kids,that's y i wana know if i'm facing the same prob like your topic.after watching all the answers i think my answer will be..yes,i allow my children in playing video games in certain times,like weekends or holidays.i don't want them to play it in school days coz i don't want them abandon their school works,etc.thanks and have a nice day!
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• United States
20 Aug 07
Congrats on being pregnant! Do you know what your having yet? Playing video games once in a while is ok for kids.
• Japan
19 Aug 07
My kids are 15, 13 and 9 year old boys and a five year old girl. When had loads of problems when we first got game boys a few years ago. The only reason I got them was because we were visiting my family in England, we live in Japan. The trip took 26 hours, cheapest tickets. So I thought the games would provide the kids with something to do. I never forsaw the problems we would have after. After we came back instead of getting back into the things they did before everything centered around how much time they could do game. After a few fights I decided to put my foot down and told them that games of any kind are only for a couple of hours on a Sunday morning. That way I can get a chance to lie in and the kids get their fill of gamimg for the week. During school term time the boys must have homework finished and bags ready for Monday morning before games start. This really helps, now most weekends everything is done Friday evening!!!
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• United States
20 Aug 07
Thats a good Idea. Give them incentive to get school work done and do chores. Then they can play games.
@horsesrule (1959)
• United States
19 Aug 07
I live with my adult daughter and her three sons, 8, 5, & 2 years old. We let the 5 and 8 year old play video games but we try to limit their time because they don't behave well when they play too long. Once school starts again, their game time will be severely cut back because during the week, there just isn't time for homework and dinner and relaxing, bathing and what not and playing games too. We don't let the two year old play video games at all yet.
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• United States
20 Aug 07
My boys get like that to...after a while they start to fight about the game. They wont have much time either once school starts.
@sedel1027 (17851)
• United States
19 Aug 07
My son is 8 and loves video games. As long as he gets some outside time and plays with his friends, I don't mind him playing the games. He likes to get up before school and play and then after dinner he will usually play for awhile BUT he goes outside to play with his friends at least an hour every day. Plus if I kept him away from video games I would be a hypocrite. We are a very high tech family and we are all gamers of some kind, would be wrong to sit there and play and tell him no.
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• United States
20 Aug 07
Thats good. So long as he doesnt just sit in front of the TV all day and gets some real exercise. I understand we are the same way. Cant sit and play then tell them no thats why I got the v-smile for them.
@Calais (10899)
• Australia
19 Aug 07
My daughter plays the playstation or Wii, but not very often at all....I think I play it more..lol..It can be good sometimes though, as long as its in moderation...The educational ones are fantastic ....Im all for those..
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• United States
19 Aug 07
Ya I think we play more han we should! LOL But its so fun! We mostly play motorcycle and race car games on our playstation 2. Someday I will own a Playstation 3.
@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
19 Aug 07
My kids are 17 and almost 15. I let them play video games whenever they want. My son (the almost 15 year old) will play for a while, then he will go out and ride his bike or hang out with his friends. My daughter loves to play her games quite a bit. But since I bought her some horse books, she's been reading a lot more instead. I think it's great that your kids have the V-smile. It looks awesome. I wish they'd had that when my kids were little. LOL
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• United States
20 Aug 07
Thats good there arnt just glued to it. I wish they had it when I was little. I love it and they play it all the time. It wasnt very expencive either. 50$ for the console, controler and adaptor. The games vary from 8-20$. We end up buying two for each birthday and holidays. I like that they have age groups too like 3-5, 4-6, 7-9. It grows with them and teaches them what is age appropriate.
@Debs_place (10524)
• United States
11 Sep 07
My son did not get his first video game until his 13th birthday. While he did play it, he also played hockey, lacrosse, soccer and he swam. Video games were a small part of his life, not all of his free time. They should be one facet of a kid's life, not all of their free time.
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• Romania
11 Sep 07
hey...why not?let them play video games because in our days is not like you think.look there use to be a general feeling that computer games were bad for you and books were good.now people are not sure.researchers have found that computer games,television and the Internet have become key factors in boosting children's IQs up to levels never reached by past ganerations. the idea that intelligence can be measured was first suggested about a century ago,but at the time it was hard to find tets that gave useful results.over the past two decades,however,tests have become more subtle and complex and researchers have found that IQ scores can give a good indication of what children's future exam results will be.some expertshave even claimed that IQ scores can accuretely predict what level of income and status young people will achieve in adult life.
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@SViswan (12071)
• India
11 Sep 07
My older son who is 7 loves to play video games and gets hooked when he starts.So, I don't let him play. When he doesn't play video games,he likes to read or go out and cycle which is what I prefer. But he is allowed to play video games as a treat 2-3 times in a year!- for an hour.
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@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
26 Aug 07
I probably would but I would limit it naturally. I've seen what more and more video game playing and the types of games; I've seen the damage it can do to kids. Funny thing though, I've seen several different quiz/learning games on popular stations over the years but only now are they starting to show up on them (DS in particular).
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@wisconsin26 (3859)
• United States
23 Aug 07
Yes I do let my son play video games they aren't very educational though.. Most of his games are stragey games where he has to think of what he's going to do next.. I don't have a v-smile game or anything like that but my son also plays computer games that are educational ones..
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@babystar1 (4235)
• United States
21 Aug 07
My grandson is 9 years old and he plays video games all the time. I dont see anything wrong with it.It keeps him from being so board.
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@maddysmommy (16233)
• United States
21 Aug 07
Yes my son (5 yrs of age) does. He plays playstation as well as nintendo and leapster. Leapster is the more educational one as opposed to the other two. He plays it mostly in the weekends and occasionally during the week. Its another form of entertainment for him and we both have fun playing it. He will be starting kindergarten in two weeks so he won't have much time for video games except probably in the weekends.
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• China
20 Aug 07
Since they play the video games for only one hour per day, I think it's acceptible . These games can help them to enhance their speed of thinking and responding to external environment.
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@tinybop (114)
• United States
20 Aug 07
I have a 3 year old daughter and she plays the gameboys sometimes but not often, when she gets older and wants to play them more I will limit her time.
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• United States
19 Aug 07
My kids do play video games. They are 3 and 7 and there are very nice ones that actually educate them on math, spelling, problem solving, critical thinking and various other learning activities. They are a excellent way to supplement their education. My son who is 7 does get to play the rated E ones, but only in limited fashion
@sharkzbr (21)
• Brazil
19 Aug 07
i do not have kids (hehe)... but when i was a kid my parents allowed me to play video games just in weekend ... on the other days i have to study and go to my english course (haha) ... now i have finished my english course ... and entered the university ... now i have the freedom to play videogames the day i want (hehe) ... but if you use some rules on it there is no problem
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• Pakistan
19 Aug 07
i am bachelor but my two nephews who that love games.they are 8 and 12 years old.but when they play games.his mother so angry with them.now with so difficult his mother makes there time table.they like to play fighting games and speed games.
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