The lure and interest in computer games is increasing in our son (now 8) since my last post on this subject. He now has some older friends with DS’s and has played a few games with his auntie on her i-pad.
While we don’t want to say no outright to his getting a device to play video games on, we do want him to think it through before making his own final decision.
Here’s how our responses have gone.
You can get either a DS or an i-pod with your own saved-up money, but we’ve noticed that people who have them:
- forget to do other things that they enjoy
- don’t play with their baby sisters
- don’t actually learn anything that is going to help them or make them happy later on
We also talked about all the things he likes to do and how he actually doesn’t have time to do all those things so if he has something to play video games on he will have even less time for them. Also telling him about the fact that his father and I don’t have time for video games and itemizing the other interesting things we find to do (and that he also likes to do).
Whether he decides on getting a game device or not, we know at least that he is thinking a lot about managing his own time, making informed choices, and setting priorities.
One thing I just learned is that DS’s and other similar game devices display games that are very hard to stop after a short period of time; they lure you into playing a single game for 45 minutes or longer. Games available on i-pads and on a computer were created for short periods of time when you’re waiting in a dentists’ office or something like that so they are easier to interrupt and don’t last as long in any case.