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12-05-2011 01:03 AM  5 years agoPost 1
Maxx1

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Don't know if it a good or bad idea to buy my 5 yrs old son a video game such as Wii or Xbox. He never ask for one.
Any suggestion.

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12-05-2011 01:07 AM  5 years agoPost 2
HotsHabit

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Honestly, if I had it to do over again I would never buy one. Wait as long as you can to let them get strapped down to a tv set and a controller.

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12-05-2011 01:10 AM  5 years agoPost 3
wrongler

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If he never asked for it, why get it? Is it for you or him? I think I would get him what he wants. Maybe something to play with OUTSIDE!

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12-05-2011 02:14 AM  5 years agoPost 4
craig1980

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Just read this as my four year old sits at the end of the bed flying a .40 trainer on the sim. As for a true video game system wait as long as you can. Once they start they never want to leave the couch.

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12-05-2011 02:15 AM  5 years agoPost 5
OldNewbie

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what possible benefit could there be?

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12-05-2011 02:26 AM  5 years agoPost 6
cdrking

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For us it's a lot of fun on a rainy day, and we have our share of them. It's good family time also, everyone can play. I have two boys ages 7 and 9, and we only let them play it on the weekends unless they have no school. We also limit their time on it when they are playing.

It's also a great motivator for them to get their chores or school work finished so they can play Wii. Doesn't always work but it does sometimes.

We do a lot of sports so really they don't have all day to sit around and play it. There's nothing like getting out and running to make them tired.

Remember YOU/We are the parents and have control of how much "couch time" they have. It's funny when I read and hear comments like, "all they do is sit in front of the TV and play video games." Grab the controller out of their little hand/s and shut it off. Very simple.

At this point I would not choose to get my kids an XBox or PS3 because I think the Wii is plenty for now. I may get myself an XBox for Christmas.

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12-05-2011 02:31 AM  5 years agoPost 7
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He will ask for one soon enough, don't hasten it. Most kids get as hooked on video games as we do on helicopters. Once they get started, it is all they want to do. My kids are 4 and 6, so I speak from direct experience.

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12-05-2011 03:25 AM  5 years agoPost 8
Maxx1

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Thank you all so much. I will not get him one then. We bought him an iPad in June so he can learn ABC and etc. And it shown that he is doing with ABC and numbers, etc. good in class. But now he is really into YouTube watching too much cartoons. And now I have to find the way to delete YouTube in his iPad.

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12-05-2011 03:45 AM  5 years agoPost 9
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Here's my opinion about that....

Supplying an IPad to a 5 year old seems worse (to me) than giving him a video game. Your son can excel at the alphabet and basic math with DVDs and downloaded computer programs.

A 5 year old doesn't understand the value and purpose of an IPad or cell phone and most likely will not ensure proper care or personal security for the device.

The thought of a young internet surfer on their own can be alarming to most parents. I can see why a video game doesn't interest him, he's got the 'keys' to his own 'toy and candy store' with no supervision.

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12-05-2011 01:33 PM  5 years agoPost 10
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The Wii is a good family system and you don't just sit there an play. I've played the Tennis game and a few others. For a young kid and family, the Wii is better than just watching TV. Xbox is better for graphics and first person shooters. You can see the blood and guts hitting the screen. Perfect for desensitizing them for battle against the neighbors.

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12-05-2011 02:27 PM  5 years agoPost 11
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I held off video games for a while for my kids. Problem was when they went to there friends house for parties or just to hang out, they were lost on how to play video games when everyone there knows how to use the controller. I felt bad that they did not know how to use it but they taught him on the spot.

Wii for kids and Xbox or PS3 for teens. When they are teens find out what system there friends have X-box or PS3 so they can play online together. Yes Wii can play online too.

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12-05-2011 11:02 PM  5 years agoPost 12
D.Magee

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Get him a simulator.

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12-05-2011 11:51 PM  5 years agoPost 13
Azinferno

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video games are not a bad thing its all bout being a active parent in your kids activites. im 31 a xbox call of duty gamer and my kids play different games on the xbox and wii also. But they are also outside atleast 2x as much as they are inside. my kids even my 4 year old even play on the sim i have. its all about moderation. Its been proven that kids that play video games have a ton more hand eye coordination make better drivers. its like everything else its all about what you want and your opinion.

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12-06-2011 05:19 PM  5 years agoPost 14
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+1 on getting him a simulator

It's a complex, costly, glow powered anti-gravity machine!

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12-06-2011 05:31 PM  5 years agoPost 15
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+2 for getting a simulator. If I had to do it all over again I would have never brought a free video game system in to my house many years ago.

Damn that ground is hard! When's the right time to get out of this money sucking hobby?

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12-06-2011 05:43 PM  5 years agoPost 16
Pistol Pete

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now he is really into YouTube watching too much cartoons. And now I have to find the way to delete YouTube in his iPad.
http://www.us-cert.gov/reading_room/securing_browser/

Best of luck!

~~Enjoying the hobby one flight at a time~~

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12-06-2011 06:01 PM  5 years agoPost 17
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Get Ipad there are games as well as learning tools that seem like games . My 3 yr old has learned a lot from using Ipad .

I stole it ,flew it and gave it back ;)

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12-06-2011 06:10 PM  5 years agoPost 18
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instead of getting xbox or wii for him, get him books , any books...

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12-06-2011 06:26 PM  5 years agoPost 19
Jeff polisena

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Books are great if they can read , keeping them focused is harder , I feel that the interaction of educational games work better for focus and kids will get more use from electronic device weather it learning or gaming plus you can use when you need to be entertained .

I stole it ,flew it and gave it back ;)

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12-06-2011 06:55 PM  5 years agoPost 20
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Books do not necessary have be novel. Get books that can trigger their curiosity. Let's say your 5 years old like planes then get him a bunch of books with pictures of fighter jets, air plane. Or if ur kid likes computer then get books about computer.I m not a dad but I would stay away from game as long as possible because ihave seen what gaming can do to a kid. Unless u have a lot of time wih ur kid I say stay away from games

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