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The first thing is to find out why the child plays. As a pretty heavy gamer myself who has gone through a number of phases and reasons for getting lost in games, I know there can be many reasons why you get lost in a world of games. Once you know, here's some advice for three different kinds of players that I've been in the past: For the challenge When in ...


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Appropriate? I'd say it's safe, has no small elements, isn't a choking hazard, is made of plastic and powered by low-voltage batteries, so even tasting it won't hurt. But should you buy one for your toddler? I'd say no. Consult these two articles from babycenter: tv watching guidlines for toddlers video games and toddlers While I understand what you ...


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The Mayo Clinic says too much screen time is too much screen time, regardless of the device, the content, or the level of interaction. Our household has a "scale" of electronics time, depending on age. As the kid gets older, their time limits are tied somewhat to responsibilities -- they do their chores to earn additional time (privilege). There is also ...


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There is research on the benefits of gaming, and the parents should read it. If the child doesn't know about it, he can do some research and supply it to the parents. If the son can calmly and politely explain his reasoning for wanting to play games, and demonstrate that he's done the research into why gaming can be good, then he may change his parents' ...


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Screen time is something that should be limited for all children; at 0-2, it should be minimal or zero, as it does not support brain development in the same way that other kinds of (active) play do. It's similar to how you might learn a school subject. Method 1: Listen to a lecture, with an overhead/projector showing some slides. Method 2: Listen ...


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Am I right to be concerned? I would say yes, most definitely. Kids can easily become lost in games for hours on end (I should know, I was one of them). I think my parents were thankful they had something to keep me occupied while they did.. whatever it was that they did while I was in my room. It was also something they could take away from me when I ...


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Answer A Game Boy or similar is likely too much for a child of that age to handle on its own and therefore not an appriate toy for a toddler. Reasoning Consider firing up a game of Tetris: (If I recall correctly) You have to wait for the Nintendo Logo to move across the screen press any key select 1/2 players select mode a/b select a level All ...


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I'd say it depends on many things. It is definitely a good rule to make your kids finish homework before they play on their iPad, or play with their friends, or do really anything else. But I would say that you're looking at everything totally wrong if you say that these devices are just a waste of time for your kids, then go out and set ridiculous ...


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Back in my times I was out 24/7 and when I got back home I was too tired and went to bed... I don't even remember eating food, hell all I remember is hide and seek, tag and all other fun stuff we did back in my time! Ipad? Kids? That is a bad combination, have them go out more often. It's more healthy for them to be fighting each other than to play on their ...


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As someone who once played video games a lot, I wish I hadn't played them quite as much. It's not the time spent playing games that I remember or have fond memories of (despite to this day having a strong nostalgia for some of the storylines etc. just as with a good film or book - but not the playing per se) Therefore now feeling like I don't have as many ...


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My eleven year old was getting to the point that I would consider him addicted. He was either on the computer playing an online game or he was watching TV, which I considered even worse. At least there's some brain activity required for online gaming. If we asked him to do things (get ready for bed, bring your clothes down to be washed, come down to eat ...


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Kids that age just like pressing buttons. Buy them a fake phone or computer and that will keep them busy for a while. A Gameboy is not only generally considered as unsafe for a 1-year old, but also your kid will get tired of it quickly like any other toy. (Let alone if he actually can operate it)


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As the others already said, it's maybe too much...(and the fact that he probably will not know how to really play until he is 3/4/5) Nothing more to say... Beside that, here's a suggestion: When he really likes to press buttons/keys, maybe consider something like this: (only an example [it's an keyboard which can make animal noises and regular musical ...


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The first step of getting out of any addiction is accepting the fact of being addicted. That's the hardest part. And it's behind him, apparently. Second step: get clean. In this case - make him not play at all. For, say, a week. How to help to complete this phase? provide alternative occupation - painting the fence, going to the movies, a family board ...



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