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Yes, to the video games, but with a time limit. Only 18 y.o. has cell phone - he also has a job.


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I would never allow a video game system in my home and I would never allow online video games either. Never. Two of my nephews are basically addicted to video games. I don't use the word "addicted" lightly, and I do think it fits.

One of my nephews got into a great college. His mom was there to limit his video games while he lived at home, but, once he was away from her and in college he refused to go to class and just played video games instead. He would play them all night, sleep during the day and then get up again to play them all night. BTW, he was living with me while going to college, so I saw what was going on. He was playing the video games online. So, I cut off his internet access out of desperation. That was futile because then, he'd just leave home to go and sit in the gym at school (with his laptop) and he used their wireless internet to play the video games. Yes, he would go sit in the gym with his computer to play video games and he did not attend class, did not study, did not do anything but play the games... At some point, he started living with a girl in the dorms and I'm sure he would just sit in there and use the internet to play the games. That's all he did. He also refused to get a part time job. Well...he flunked out of college because he didn't go to class, didn't study, kept dropping all the classes he was failing, etc.

His mom was pretty mad at him. He went back home to live with his parents and enrolled in a junior college to kind of redeem himself so he could get back into a 4 year university. But...he refused to enroll in more than one class, refused to get a job (even a part time job), refused to go to class, didn't study (but lied and said he did), was flunking his class and ended up dropping it.

The same situation repeated itself again. My sister put her foot down. The boy moved out of his mother's house and into his grandmother's house.

So, now he's living with his grandmother... He's got her convinced that he's working really hard at school, studying ALL the time (he plays video games, but has a camera set up looking backwards and he will flip up a screen with math on it whenever someone approaches), that he has a sleep disorder (his reason for staying up all night), and that he's working too hard at school to get a part time job (his grandma is 84 years old and supporting him 100% with her social security and she also goes to work at one of the big box stores). He doesn't even help her out with the household chores--she drags out her garbage cans, does his laundry, makes his bed (if it's going to get made, she makes it), etc. Basically, he just enrolls in one or two classes per semester at the junior college (and then finds a reason to drop them, if at all possible), refuses to get a job (even a part time job), and stays up all night playing video games online.

This past semester, he finally did finish one class (with a C), probably because his grandma has finally started to figure out that he's not being honest with her and she told him he had to finish one and not drop out or he couldn't live with her anymore. The class that he finished was a math class and he was required by the instructor to attend that class. But, he was taking his laptop to class and playing video games during class. He tried to drop the class because the instructor got mad at him and accused him of not paying attention (of course he wasn't...he was playing online video games during class). Anyway...he's enrolled in a couple of classes this semester, again at the junior college (he recently applied to a 4 year college, but, it came as no surprise to me when he was denied admission). No job, of course... He plays online video games 95% of his waking hours. This has all been going on for 4.5 years now. YES, it has been FOUR AND A HALF YEARS since he first started to college, but decided he was going to play video games instead! He is now 23 years old. What a waste.

My other nephew (who is about 26 years old)...the same thing...nothing but video games all day, every day (well, he sleeps all day and stays up all night playing them). He'll never make anything of himself either.

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My older son plays video games, but we don't allow the violent ones. He got a basic cell phone in 4th grade, it was for emergencies only. In 8th grade we got him a cooler phone.



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Don't want a game console in the house because I don't want them sitting there all day. What happened to the time when we went outside and played. Think kids need to enjoy the outdoors!

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We just got a Wii U



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I do. My kids read lots of books, enjoy time outside, and play with real world toys. So, I don't think they go overboard with it. We like to play video games as a family, like Skylanders and Disney Infinity.

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thanks boys I'm sorry xhunterx I didn't mean to say that. Thanks for your help



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not to often only have wii in our house for that reason. Would rather they find something else to do then sit and play games on tv

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I had to learn to insult the others emoticon Ehh - Halo was my first xD that sounds strange. It wasn't until I moved out so maybe 12 or 13 - my parents thought it was a waste of money -_- so they never bought me anything emoticon
Xbox is better but you're a baby - Nintendo is better for babies =)
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lol :) emoticon

Hunter, I don't know... probably around 5? I don't really like Xbox at all... all the games look the same to me, and that kinect thingy uhmm... I don't know :P
I never actually play gears of war because ew but that day my brother convinced me and well... :P I'm glad I did :)
Halo was your first? lol eew :P at what age? and how come you speak English? lol

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My grandchildren are allowed to play on my iPad for 15 minutes each day. The older two each have their own DS players

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Yep. My daughter and I have some great memories of playing 2 player games together. I been gaming since nintendo and I plan to play right into the nursing home. My daughter got a cell phone when she was 12 but she was in a lot of after school activities and went back and forth between my house and her dads. It was just easier.

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xD Haha.........



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emoticon@Meowz that looks scary emoticon hahaha how old were you?
My first game was actually Halo for PC - not very long ago
And then I got my Xbox and then I found you there xD :'-)

I prefer Xbox but you're right - Nintendo is 'safer' for lil kids....................




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Would depend on game.

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Yes, I am raising my grandson and he loves his X-box. But loses it if grades aren't good, doesn't practice piano & he plays sports in HS. If all that is done, he can play.




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None of my kids are young anymore, so it no longer is my decision: 2 are teens & one is almost 21.

When they got a driver's license is when I contributed to a prepaid, basic cell phone (@ $10 per month). I wanted them to be able to reach someone in an emergency. -- If that type of phone did not suit them, then they had to pay all the fees & difference to purchase what they thought they "needed". (ie... needs VS wants!)

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lol.... :P Donkey kooooong country for super nintendo
omg no wait! my uncle let me play some game on his PC... Prince of Persia, it was HORRIBLE!!! omg it had this thingy where spikes came out of the floor and omg :'( wait wait I'm sure I can find an imag e....
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omggggg it gave me nightmares for years :'( :'( :'(


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xD you get traumatized all the time. What was the first vid game you played?



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Yes sometimes.

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lol Hunter, actually my brother let her play that one and she didn't get traumatized :P so it could be a good option... I think I was 12 the first time I saw it and I got traumatized :S but kids are more violent these days :P


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Haha what about Resident evil 4?



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CARRIESUEM81, "a nook w/ educational games on it" those are still video games...
besides not all books are good and not all video games are bad. I don't see any reason to compare them...

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She does all the time @ her fathers house but here No,,,,she has books, our tv (not her own even), a nook w/ educational games on it and plenty of other educational material and games that I think are more important than vid games any day........

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Uhmmm... well if he doesn't have any console I think you should get him the Wii U. Nintendo is safe. My sister is 11 and the games she loves to play are: Pikmin (1,2 or 3), Just Dance (3, 4 or 2014), Animal Crossing, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker... uhmmm those are cute and fun. Just Dance is great because it's a really fun way to get lots of cardio :) I love it too.

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Every once in a while my hubby will hook up the wii for the kids, but he is there w/ them and it is for around 30 mins. They have a couple of games they play on our phones and that is also limited. The games are all educational and we are very particular about we will and won't let them play.

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We play video games as a family and my 5 year old enjoys it as a part of his downtime (read; PART of. Not ALL of). We set timers for screen breaks and there is a no violence rule (skylanders yes, marvel for kids yes, Anything with a lot of punching etc NO).



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The younger step daughter I have, no cell phone since she is too young yet. She plays some video games on her laptop she just received for Christmas. She knows the rules and we check what she is doing frequently. No violent video games until she is older but she likes Barbie, Monster High that type of thing.
The older step son pays for his cell phone since he is in high school. He plays video games and his dad oversees what he does since they play some games together. The two are pretty responsible for their ages and know their actions are being watched closely by their parents and myself. They know right and wrong and lose privileges when necessary.

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Yes, weekends only (except for holiday breaks, even then it's the later part of the week). Only a few hours each day they get to play depending on our schedule. Our twins are six. Non-violent Wii games mainly. Their games range from education (Jumpstart), physical (Sports and dancing), and just for fun (like Super Mario).

Of course, no cell phones for now. At one point, I saw these things the size of a large key chain that can be put on your plan. It can only hold 4 or 5 numbers- 911-Home-and two or three other numbers (Mom, Dad, or Grandma). If they still make those when they are in junior high, I plan to get something like that. If those are no longer made, they get extremely basic phones. Don't really need anything else. We carry a home phone, they can call friends from home as I did. We have internet, they can e-mail from home, as I did. It's not a money thing, it's a safety thing.



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what games would you recommend for a 10 year old boy?



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My kid has been playing computer games since he was 2 and 1/2 years old, thanks to him standing there watching his dad play games (mostly Deus Ex, which is my personal favorite) and all I could hear was his little voice, over and over again, "Daddy, can I play? Daddy, can I play?"

So daddy let him play. He's been addicted ever since, LOL. But then so is his dad. So, like father, like son. He plays mostly computer games (he and his dad have a Steam account) but he also has an xbox, that he rarely touches unless his cousin comes to spend the night with him and they play against each other.

Oh, and edit to add the cell phone question: I got my son a cell phone when he was about 10 (he's now 14) because it was his way of calling me at work to let me know he was off the school bus and walking home. I ditched our landline years ago and he had no other way to contact me should he need to.

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ya - they're good for your soul.



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Video games can be good :) I learned English by playing video games :P
I was allowed to play only 4 hours a week, though... my mom didn't let us play more than that.

Now things are different, though. Most games are online and you have to be very careful with that... there are so many freaks and weirdos out there :-/

I think you should get them a phone as soon as they start going out with their friends and stuff :)

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Yes but he can only play them from Friday at 5 to Sunday at 3. The rest of the week, no electronics unless he uses my computer to research but he has to do that in the same room as I am in. He is 11. Even with the short time frame....for every hour that he plays, he has to spend an hour outside doing some form of exercise which he does quite happily. We know his password and the games that he plays



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My dd (13) plays video games. I see no problem with video games.
She does not have a cell phone. We don't plan to get one for her unless she has a real need... like she gets a job or goes off to college.

FWIW, I don't have a cell phone and manage to live my life.

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Video games can make a positive difference in your kids life. My son has a learning disability & did not talk until about age 6. He was about 11 when the live games came out on x-box & wanted one so bad, but had poor speech & I figured that nobody would be able to understand him. After a rough school year & a lot of teasing & bullying I decided I would get him the x-box which is how he started a summer. When he returned to school in the fall I got a call to find out what had happened over the summer because his speech was now clear & he could self correct it if needed, also all of a sudden his reading level went up. He had to speak very clear to communicate over x-box because nobody could see hand jesters and other strategies he had been taught and he did a lot of text reading that summer to figure out how game systems worked. His confidence level went from 0 to 100%.

He is 22 years old now with one year of college left to obtain a bachelor degree in cyber security (Target's needs to hire him). He still has a learning disability but has researched it himself thanks to the internet and has taught himself strategies to compensate for it. Nobody would ever know that he was severely speech delayed. The kids that bullied him - they changed that summer also. He still hangs around with them. Life is good.!!!!

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Yes, kept him home and out of trouble. Cell phone .....when he started driving

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Our kids played video games more than I would have liked. I think they still play them now that they are moved out, but probably not as much since they have jobs and attend college. Doesn't seem to have made either of them criminals or brain-dead.

Cell phones were given around third grade -- I wanted them to be able to call home whenever they wanted, and surprisingly, they were very responsible and only used them for sensible reasons. Now, you would have to surgically remove them from their bodies, unfortunately. It's our main way of communication now when they are not at home, so I guess that's better than nothing.

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Juliette, my daughter did not really like video games, and we didn't get her a cell phone until she was a sophomore in High School.

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RUBENB2003 Posts: 10,471
12/22/13 11:57 P

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Yes, it's limited and we check the ratings on the games but they can play them.

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We have a Wii, and all three of our kids play it. They are 11, 9, and 4. That's it for "video games" if you'd even call it that. Mostly they do Wii Sports and LEGO Star Wars and stuff. We do limit screen time pretty strictly and it is generally the first privilege lost when we have behavior problems.

None of them has a cell phone. We home school so I'm with them most of the time. When the time comes that they need one, we'll get them one.

We don't have a set age for most things; each kid is different and so is each situation.

Erin


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I don't have kids....but cell phones let you keep in contact with your kid and lets them reach you. Considering that advantage, it pays. I'm not necessarily referring to a smartphone, but a basic cell phone is valuable.

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Video games when they were eleven, cell phone when they could pay for it themselves, alone.

Plan for tomorrow, but enjoy the heck out of today.


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and when did you get your kid a cell phone?

Edited by: BECCA1962 at: 12/22/2013 (21:12)

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