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thoughts on a 4 year old playing rated R/M stuff?

What are your thoughts on a 4 year old playing M-rated games-- like Halo (all of them), Call of Duty (again- all of them), Quake 4, Left 4 Dead, Bio-Shock 1 and 2?

What if the 4 year old has been playing these games since 2 years old (the ones that were available back then- early Halo games, COD games)?

what if the same 4 year old plays with toy guns and acts like he's the characters on these games (wants to be in the military like Halo and COD)?

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Asked by Anonymous at 11:25 AM on Feb. 25, 2010 in Preschoolers (3-4)

Answers (8)
  • If said 4 year old is capable of distinguishing real and imaginary, then, I see no issue. Mine played stuff like that and watched movies that aren't 4 year old movies. He never liked kiddie stuff. He loved Titanic at three and Star Wars, Lake Placid, Predator. My son is not the norm. He was very mature and intelligent. He could differentiate between real and fake. If he was like another little boy i know, I wouldn't have let him until the more accepted age. LOL

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 11:31 AM on Feb. 25, 2010

  • my son is 4 and plays the spongebob game (atlantis) he loves it in that game you shoot ice cream and crabby patties. i couldnt believe the level where you are asked to take picturesof all the art in the museum and the security guards attack you for it and you should shoot them (with crabby patties!) but once the kid has played it... you really have trouble taking it back. we talked about the idea that cops are good guys and we woundnt really shoot them. that spongebob isnt real... so you might run into those things with G rated games too. i really dont care what anyone else's kid does as long as it doesnt motivate them to hurt other people - namely my kid.

    Answer by AmaliaD at 1:29 PM on Feb. 25, 2010

  • my husband has all those games or has had them and my 4 yr old loves watching them. he knows its not real, he also has his own toy guns and swords. i would never ever let him shoot a real gun.

    Answer by kd2kds at 8:29 PM on Feb. 25, 2010

  • Bad idea.

    Answer by DaphneMae at 7:29 AM on Feb. 26, 2010

  • This is a horrible idea. Kids that age have a hard time separating fantasy from reality. In addition, their brains are developing and you're conditioning their brains to be desensitized to violence, even if it is fake violence. Not a good idea. Do some research first.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:08 AM on Feb. 26, 2010

  • Why would any parent want their child to be exposed to so much violence at such an early age? This child will be so desensitized to violence that nothing will shock him. The parents of this child are doing him a great disservice.

    Answer by motherofhope98 at 8:49 AM on Feb. 26, 2010

  • Your 4 year old is actually capable of playing a fast paced FPS like Halo or CoD? Interesting.

    Answer by LokisMama at 8:50 AM on Feb. 26, 2010

  • he's been capable of playing them for over 2 years now. He first started on just the first xbox, with the first 2 Halo's and then one of the COD, plus Grand Theft Auto (although he doesnt "play by the rules" with GTA- he does with the other 2) and then just recently (about 6 months ago, maybe) he started playing on the 360.


    Answer by Anonymous at 1:44 PM on Feb. 26, 2010

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