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My son is addicted to video games, they are not violent, he plays quads and monster trucks. He's allowed to play for an hour a day. After school and after dinner, half hour each time. But when he's not playing that's all he thinks about. He asks me a million times a day to play when he knows he can only play at those two times. it's driving me crazy. Did I mention he's five?

 
Rachel24517

Asked by Rachel24517 at 7:06 PM on Mar. 10, 2009 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • LAdies he's only playing games an hour a day! It's not going to hurt him any!

    Sounds to me like he's just testing his boundries. One of my kids is the same way. He feels the need to at least TRY to get more time doing things like playing games or riding bikes or anything else he loves to do. Just be consistent in keeping the rules and he'll give up!
    ReneeK3

    Answer by ReneeK3 at 9:09 PM on Mar. 10, 2009

  • Toss them out the door when he's in bed, because that has the potential to turn into a huge problem later!
    Encourage his mind. Buy him books and a musical instrument.
    SarahColbert

    Answer by SarahColbert at 7:10 PM on Mar. 10, 2009

  • ... that's the effect screens have - TV. computer, hand-held games. They alter the brain wave and are "soothing" while also creating a lessening of thinking - not good. Check out Strangers in our Homes: TV and our Children's Minds by Dr. Susan R Johnson.

    As our 3 grew up, we had no TV set in the house until they were 10. They never lacked for amazing stuff to enjoy. Once we did have a TV (we got it to watch the Olympics), it was always a problem - when they arrived home from school they raced through chores or homework thinking only of the TV. Then when we tried regulating it to a certain time, or a number of minutes, they did the same as your boy - they just hung around listlessly, killing time until they could get to the TV. The only thing that worked was having the TV completely stored, unplugged & under boxes. So I expect the first answerer's advice is the best. 5 is WAY too young to stop relating to the world !
    waldorfmom

    Answer by waldorfmom at 7:36 PM on Mar. 10, 2009

  • We have avoided video games like the plague for this reason. Can you get him involved in something else? Is there a community center in your area that offers different activities? Sports? I don't know, I think it can be addicting. Don't you remember Pac man? Totally addicting!
    jeanclaudia

    Answer by jeanclaudia at 11:24 PM on Mar. 10, 2009

  • my son is 5yo and plays video games !! He has played since he was 3yo and is really good now- he is very smart and has no problems with learning at school because of games. You do have to limit the time spent- my son asks to play alot too, just have to say no:)
    Wow2boyz

    Answer by Wow2boyz at 5:42 AM on Mar. 11, 2009

  • My daughter is 7 and although she's into lots of activities outside the home, she's also a TV addict and I'm seriously thinking of taking it out of her room. Then again she has a Disney princess TV and DVD player and I'm not just gonna let them collect dust either... hmmm - restricted TV times are a good idea, but I'm at work when she gets home. I wish there was a code you could use or something, but we have a TV in every room of our house including the back patio.... Yipes!
    Candy423521

    Answer by Candy423521 at 11:35 AM on Mar. 11, 2009

  • There is nothing wrong with your child playing video games (even if he is 5) In fact it can be beneficial. You only allow him to play a hour a day which is a good exercise in moderation. Also, it is better for him to play a game for an hour, that way he is still engaging his brain (hand eye coordination, problem solving, logic) as opposed to watching an hour of TV he would docile in body and mind.

    DixieRoadrash

    Answer by DixieRoadrash at 12:13 PM on Mar. 11, 2009

  • LOL well my son is the same way has been since he was 4. I use it as a barganing tool, be good you can play. There is nothing wrong kids get hooked one something and thats what they talk about. As long as it is not violent, you cold try some more educational kind but is i sone 30 mins at a time.
    IMAMOM2-2KIDS

    Answer by IMAMOM2-2KIDS at 2:25 PM on Mar. 11, 2009

  • video games are not bad, if they are age appropriate. my son has been playing video games since he was 2 and that is great for hand-eye coordination. now we didn't go out and purchase one for him, we just had one before any kids came around. but just limit the play time and just have other activities lined up for him to do to occupy his time. if he is just wondering around the house and bored then of course that is all he will think about because they are fun. i keep out books, homework, board games, then of course we are outside as much as possible. but find things that he can do alone and things that you can do with him.

    happysenorita

    Answer by happysenorita at 2:30 PM on Mar. 11, 2009

  • My kids learned early on that asking me more than once only gets them banned from whatever they are asking for. Like TV, if they ask and I say no and they ask again, they basically get grounded from it sometimes for days on end if I am annoyed enough. This may be inconsistent, but it works. We don't have set TV, video game, or computer times. It's basically at my or my husband's discretion. These are all privileges that have to be earned on a daily or weekly basis. Just because they earned the OK to play video games on Tuesday doesn't mean they automatically get to play them on Wednesday.
    marbear98

    Answer by marbear98 at 6:12 PM on Mar. 11, 2009