What do you all think about 2-3yrs. olds who use the internet and play xbox360 kinect?

Megan - posted on 05/09/2011 ( 45 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 3, I've taught her to navigate the internet enough so that she knows how to get on to http://www.nickjr.com/kids-videos/ she also knows how to turn the xbox on and start up the kinect and play the adventures games. I don't see any harm in it, I actually think its pretty freaking awesome! But I'd love to hear all of your comments and opinions.

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Mechelle - posted on 05/09/2011

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I think as long as you have blocks set up on the computer so that she can't get into any sites then it is ok.

My opinion on the learning games is that I feel I can do a better job teaching than the computer or games. I do not let my kids watch a lot of t.v., because I feel that it ruins their imagination and creativity.

Jody - posted on 05/19/2011

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Well as long as it isn't taking away from your time with your child. If it is being used as a tool to keep your child out of your way, then I think it is wrong. But if you are engaged with her in this experience and it isn't taking up most of the day it is a good tool for learning.

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I personally do not want to start her on computer games or video games because I wouldn't want it to turn into a bad habit. I think the less time sitting on their butts staring at a computer or TV, the better. Think about why our country has a problem with child and adult obesity...it's not just because of the processed food, but because our lifestyle has become more sedentary because of the computers, the laptops, the ipads, the video game consoles...If they have to use a computer at school, great, but I would keep them away from her at home.

Danielle - posted on 05/16/2011

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Most children start school on computers now. It's an ever growing part of our culture that is only getting stronger by the day, and if children aren't familiar with it, they may start out behind in their class. As long as it's monitored, educational, and the child is well-rounded, I believe it is a very necessary part of learning.

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Evelyn - posted on 12/08/2012

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At this age, they do not need a lot of tv, video games, internet time or anything. Their brains are developing so fast that if they are exposed to this stuff long enough those parts of their brain development won't develop as they should. You should keep this child busy with books, blocks, toy cars, puzzles, coloring, playdoh, dolls, kitchen centers, Fisher Price people, and other things that they can manipulate and control on their own. THey also need materials such as boxes, paper, glue, and other arts and crafts things okay for their ages to play with as well. THey learn so much more with this stuff than from a screen.

Rebekah - posted on 06/29/2011

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Personally, and this is my opinion, I don't want my son on the computer or using video games yet. It's not because I don't agree with the internet or video game systems... but more because as a Children's Ministry Pastor, I've seen the affects it has on kids when they start out too young. He has plenty of time to learn the internet and video game systems... for now he can play with toys, be outside, use his imagination, paint, and other activities.

Lisa - posted on 05/19/2011

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I have a 3 & 5 yr old who compete for the computer. Recently, we've implemented not having computer time unless you earn it. Their time is then monitored & the computer is in the kitchen, so we can keep an eye on them (usually on Nick Jr or games site anyway). We have a WII that only gets played when we play with them. It's pretty amazing to see how fast they pick up things though!

KALLI - posted on 05/19/2011

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My 3 year old LOVES to play our Kinect! He has a blast and loves to bowl and box and all the games. I see no harm in it! It isn't like we are letting them play Call of Duty or anything!

Rachel - posted on 05/17/2011

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My almost 5 year old son has been navigating Netflix since he was 3 or so. He is only interested in the cartoons, so it's not a problem with him seeing anything inappropriate. I wouldn't let him on the internet because he has messed up our files and bookmarks before!

He also is allowed to play some video games like Lego Batman, and his hand eye coordination is great. But he also sits and reads also, as long as they are not on it all day, I don't see the harm.

Jennifer - posted on 05/17/2011

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i think that as long as you are present while she is on the computer that way just in case she gose some where she shouldn't thats a good idea my little ones use it already too with parental supervision and as for the x box why not if she is learning threw play even on a game system or computer games she is still advancing her knowledge and when she starts school knowing how to use and navigate on the computer can be an asset to her.good luck and have fun with her.

Sandy - posted on 05/16/2011

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My daughter is three and knows how to use a laptop and navigate the internet better than my mother. She sits next to me at the table and we both go through the games or videos or lessons online together. We don't have the usual game consoles, but she has a V-Smile game console with a couple cartridges that she knows how to operate herself.



I think it's fine if you're with her watching what she does, and she isn't on it all day. Toddler attention spans are brief anyway, so all the better. Sneak in a few fun online lessons, and she might even learn something without knowing it. I had a hard time making my daughter sit to learn her numbers and letters, but she liked the lessons on the computer. It's a new generation with tech-kids who will not only get us to Mars, but will have the children who terraform and colonize it. ☺.

Heather - posted on 05/16/2011

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im personally not a fan of kids having screen time especially that young. It is not great for their brains plus it increases chances of obesity and other disease, increases risk of them getting into something on line that is innappropriate, decreases the chances of them having imaginative play, increases aggression and hyperactivity, etc. The one benifet i see is increased hand eye coordination but i think the risks are too heavy for the benifets. that is just my opinion tho. i have a 4 yr old and a 7 yr old. i personally did not allow any computer time except occasionally letting them do paintbrush until my oldest was about to go into kindergarten and he totally keeps up with the other kids when they do do computer stuff at school. Now he only writes his reports on the computer when he needs to. My youngest still is not allowed computer time and for both of them tv time is limited to Friday night movie night and when they are sick or it is really bad weather outside adn they cannot play outside but no computer or tv when it is a school day / night. That works for us and i have to say my kids are smart and calm and imaginative and active and very easy to be around. Im not telling you what to do but since you asked, that is how i feel about it :o)

Tiffany - posted on 05/16/2011

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My son is 3 and can get on netflix and has his own games on my phone. As long as I am in the room I have no problem with him using them. If I am not in the room he has 2 games on my computer he can play with that are learning his numbers and colors. I figure it is going to be part of their lives from here on out they need to feel comfortable with them. He is learning basic skills with the mouse and keyboard. But we have to limit the time because it is so easy to let him sit there and play on the computer while I am up working.

Dawn - posted on 05/16/2011

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my 4 year old also likes using the computer..and the wii and play station..its like everything else i think. fine as long as not to much and is supervised. :) just like letting them watch cartoons on tv as some cafrtoons are for older people and not younger ones. i have that one as well my youngest likes those games.

Meagan - posted on 05/16/2011

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I think that it's not a big deal. I plan to get kinect for the animal game for my 2 year old. I think that limitations and moderation need to be set up, like not allowing them to zone on on it for hours and hours in a day, but otherwise, it's no big deal. We live in a world with technology, so there is nothing wrong with teaching a child to use said technology at a young age.

Danielle - posted on 05/16/2011

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If utilized responsibly both TV (PBS, Nick Jr) and computers can contribute greatly to a child's education. My son can "go to town" on my iPad using the learning apps for toddlers, and even though he's learning, it feels like play to him.

Candy - posted on 05/16/2011

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OH, also, my almost 6 year old has manners (please, thank you, excuse me, etc)(as does his brother) and at the end of his kindergarten year is reading at an end of 2nd grade level, so I don't think computers have ruined him.

Candy - posted on 05/16/2011

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My boys are 3.5 yrs old and almost 6 years old. We let them play on the kids websites (playhouse disney, nick jr, etc) Our computer is where we can see it. They have learned a lot from it. We don't have xbox or playstation, or any other game console. We also spend as much time outside as we can, weather depending. The evaluation testing my son has done at school has been on computer, and the tester can tell when a child is familiar with computers, and when they aren't. I think giving them SUPERVISED access to computers is appropriate in this day and age.

Jessica - posted on 05/13/2011

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I think learning games are great! My son just isn't into it, so we watch some learning programs on tv, and heck, I just get on the floor, or dirt lol and play with him! He is learning English and Spanish, and is working on colors, numbers...and SOMETIMES ABCs...when he wants to! He is two and I think we are doing great! Every child is different, and learns differently! Sounds like what you are doing is working for your daughter so I say, Great!!!

Pauline - posted on 05/12/2011

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Honest I think 99% of what the kid turns out to be learns from parents. Toys no toys don't make any difference, remember before Toyland age they had something else or nothing and who knows during the time toys were introduced how parents freaked out. There are parts of this world their kids have never put eyes on the things so called "toys" and they do turn out perfect. I have relatives and friends all over the world who have kids and I have lived in seven countries in five different continents. I can tell you parenting is so different in all ways in each country I have lived before but all as parents have the same goal in common to raise healthy, productive, genuinely happy individuals who will be able to develop their talents, set their own goals, solve their own problems and one day use their talents to serve God (whomever they believe) and other around them. You can let your child be a child all the time but if she is enjoying other things don’t suppress for the sake of “how other moms will say”, “Am I not being a good mom” etc etc.

Emotion and social development I don’t agree is learning trough toys only. That is just part of it… You can even let your baby sleep in a toys room and play all day but if the house if full of chaos, no respect or love guess who will be tarnished…the little one who is in the midst of all that…So who you are is what your baby will likely to be no matter the masks we are trying to pamper our kids with..

Julie - posted on 05/12/2011

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BAD NEWS!!!
She is only a child once ... and should be playing with dollies and things like that. She will have plenty of time to 'learn' but is only a child once. Mental struggles occur when children are not allowed to be children - its like frosting a cake BEFORE it is baked... Emotional development,etc., is easier to gradually happen then trying to undo or redo lost stages of a child's development - and that seems to be what you are doing.
PLEASE - toyland .... little girl and boy-land - once we cross its borders we can never return again...
Precious mommie... Love her and let her be a child. ♥

Pauline - posted on 05/12/2011

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Well, I am a high tech career mommy and parenting is different to each and every one of us. To my opinion anything if used in moderation is not harmful. The big thing is awareness of what your child is doing online or if you can block those sites you don’t want him to see is even better. We got our daughter her own Ipod when she turned 18 months for the reason that she broke my laptop and my phone twice. So I wanted her to have something just to feel like she is doing the same like mommy but it has been her favorite toy when we go out so far. Youtube was great at first at that time she didn't know much just to listen to those kids songs but now she knows how to navigate that well, we’ve blocked the youtube but other kids apps are great. According to her pediatrician she seems more way advanced compare to her peers and she told me if she will be going with the same pace by age 3 she will referral a child psychologist to test her intelligence but I told her maybe it is b’se of those apps and nothing gifted here. She doesn't even use all the time sometimes too or three times a week but she knows so much as a 4 yrs old. She will soon be 28 months and I feel so great too because b’se English is my third language. So she speaks English very well and when I do communicate with her in other languages she understands but replies in English. The other day she was throwing food on the floor, I told her not to play with food b’se there are kids in Africa don’t have much to eat. I was surprised when she asked me how about the kids in Russia. I don’t know anyone in that country and never mentioned it before and I didn’t even know she knows the thing about countries. So whatever works with your kids, go for it and don’t feel guilty.

Deepti - posted on 05/12/2011

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i feel it is a bit too much. it is more important for a toddler to develop motor skills, hand eye coordination and learn to focus through blocks and puzzles.access to internet at this age may make her addictive and affect her eyesight. i m quite serious about it and pls u also take it seriously. she can have access at later stage in life. this is the time to play in parks or enjoy with same age friends. also visit this link which will be of gr8 help to u in this regard and otherwise also:http://perspectiveofdeepti.blogspot.com/

Joleen - posted on 05/11/2011

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the most important thing for a 2-3 year old to be doing is playing and using their imagination. I think its sad how everyone seems to think they need their kids to be into technology. Play is more important than using a computer. All video games to is create short attention spans, i find if my son plays games on either the computer or wii which doesn't happen often maybe once a week he gets real moody and cranky.

Kat - posted on 05/11/2011

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She does sound pretty smart to be able to do all of that on her own. They're finding out that video games can actually help development. I wouldn't let her stare at the screen for too long though.

Juniper - posted on 05/11/2011

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The only thing I would be worried about and make sure you think hard on is the brain development. It's pretty much inevitable that our kids are going to learn electronics and the different forms of entertainment we have now.
I have read and heard on the news how kids in school are having a hard time sitting still and reading a book. This is mostly because it's a different part of the brain that is used to do these tasks that we need for school and learning. As ppl mentioned with a limited time and knowing what your kids are doing is a big positive as well as making sure you still sit down and read and do the other activities with them so they don't get frustrated at school. Often times the being behind is school doesn't show up till later in school when it's harder to reprogram and have to take extra learning to keep up.
Good Luck though! :)

Jane - posted on 05/10/2011

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As long as you are aware of what games she is playing. My son (age 16) was online the other day playing one of the gory shoot 'em up games (Zombies, I think) and there was a 4 year old playing. That was inappropriate. The game is rated T fot Teens and is over the top for a child that young.

Kelly - posted on 05/10/2011

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We let our son, who is almost 4, watch 1 movie or 2 shows a day. He doesn't get on the computer except at the library in the children's section, but on weekends, we play! He loves the Kinectimals game for 360 and we have Family Game Night 3, where he usually kicks our butts on Mousetrap! We are worried about him getting too much screen time, so that's why we limit when and how much of all screens he is allowed, but so far he's managing well. He also learned all his colors, body parts, left from right, numbers, letters/letter sounds and stuff, but we did that, not a computer :)

Elise - posted on 05/10/2011

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I let my daughter (2 1/2) play puzzle games on my iPhone and she loves to watch Dora the Explorer, Go Diego Go and Seasame St. She's learnt so many new words and speaks very well for her age. There is no way she is to go near my computer or Hubby's Xbox 360. Maybe when she is a bit older. I don't see a problem letting her use/watch things as long as she is learning from them.

Lady Heather - posted on 05/10/2011

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I do Just Dance on the Wii with my daughter. I actually play it and she dances at random. I work up a sweat and it's pretty fun. She decided to take the controls one day and she's not bad. The only problem is she only wants to dance to Who Let the Dogs Out.

It's not an every day thing for us. Just something fun to do when the weather is crappy.

Jennifer - posted on 05/10/2011

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I think the kinect would be helpful with hand-eye coordination, but maybe limit the time she plays on it? Too much TV could bring on over-stimulation.

Nancy - posted on 05/10/2011

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my son is 3 yrs old too and he can navigate the nicj jr, treehouse, sesame street and thomas and friends sites on his own with the mouse. He has learned so many words that am sure would have taken longer for him to learn. He sings the songs on the sites and he remembers things more. I think its ok as long as long he is positively gaining from them.

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My 9 year olds split about 20 minutes a day on my computer.... and that's just been w/in the past 3 years. They've been in the tops of their classes since they started K at 4.5. I won't say that limited computer time will harm a child, but it most certainly is not needed for them to learn anything else EXCEPT computers. ;)

Jennifer - posted on 05/10/2011

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I just don't want her touching my Xbox 360/Kinect (and yes, it is mine lol) without me telling her to right now. It's not that I THINK she's going to break it. But if it does somehow break, if she hasn't touched it, there's no way that she is somehow at fault. And I just don't want her touching my laptop. I bought this a few months go and it's not cheap. I don't see her needing to be on it. She has other systems and learning games/games that she can turn on and operate by herself (with my permission, of course). She has computer class in school which is fine and she will no doubt learn about the internet, etc. just as I first did in school. It's like I said, it doesn't matter to me. If you are happy that your child does those things, then that's great.

Mechelle - posted on 05/10/2011

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I can completely understand your point of view. To start school when I was in kindergarten, we needed to know certain things, like the alphabet, how to spell our names, etc. With electronics being used in the schools as much as they are now, it is a good idea that you are preparing her for this so that she will have an understanding of what to expect in school.

Megan - posted on 05/10/2011

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She usually will get on www.nickjr.com for about an hour everyday, and I definitely encourage her. Because she plays the math games, and problem solving games.. by the time she starts school, I think she'll be way more prepared and enthused about learning than the majority of the other children. As for the Xbox360 Kinect I've taught her to be very delicate as not to break anything.. she knows if she doesn't put the game back in its case when shes finished she won't be able to play next time. She doesn't play with the xbox as often though anyway, maybe once or twice a week. She has Karate and Ballet/Tap twice a week though, and we're at the beach just about everyday. So I think she is pretty well rounded. I personally think 2-3 is the perfect age to start letting the kids explore the "screen time" as long as its learning based. Our world is becoming more and more revolved around electronics.. just about everything we do is though these computers. Look us.. getting and giving parenting advice via the internet.

Jennifer - posted on 05/10/2011

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LOL I don't even let my 5 year old touch the Xbox 360 without me telling her to. As for my laptop? She's not allowed to touch that, either. LOL It has nothing to do with whether or not I want her to be on the internet or whether or not I want her to know how to turn the system on. I'd just rather have only myself to blame if it breaks lol. And I don't feel the need for her to be on the internet at home right now. I'm sure they might be teaching her that stuff in school already and that's fine, but I personally don't feel the need for her to be on it at home, especially on my laptop. I gave her a V-smile on her third Christmas (when she was 2) but didn't actually have her really play it until she was 3 and I limited how often and how long she got to play it. I liked her playing the V-Smile better than the DS, actually. I gave her a DS for Xmas last year because she was so interested in her cousin's one and she still has to ask to play with it as well. Honestly, it's simply personal choice. If you're fine with it, that's great.

Carmina - posted on 05/10/2011

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that is too cute, i think its great, its going to be in her future regardless =)

Heather - posted on 05/09/2011

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My son does it and I think it's awesome too! The only thing I don like is he can make purchases on our iPad or cell phone!

Mechelle - posted on 05/09/2011

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As long as she's learning, that's all that matters, just as long as the screen doesn't replace outside time or play time.

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Screen time is not just referring to tv, but computer and video games as well.

Granted, my girls were playing a Snoopy ABC game on my computer at 2... which is why I don't automatically think it is wrong, but still not neccessary. Of course, they didn't learn anything from that game cuz they already knew it all.... ;)

Megan - posted on 05/09/2011

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I agree with the whole TV thing, a lot of the cartoons they show have adult humor, which is unnecessary and exactly why we don't watch TV or even pay for it. I think its a perfect time for them to use the learning based video games, because she's not quite old enough to go to preschool, and I wouldn't dream of sending her to daycare. At this early age her brain is like a brand new sponge, so ready to learn and absorb new things. She is already working on math for crying out loud, and knows more Spanish & Japanese than I do.

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At 2-3 I think it is completely unneccessary. Not neccessarily WRONG though... as long as their screen time is limited and totally supervised.

Megan - posted on 05/09/2011

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We don't watch TV in our home at all. We live in Jacksonville, right near the beaches, so we spend a lot of time there, she is also in a Karate class & also a Ballet/Tap class. So I assure you she's no couch potato.. but I have to say that I see she enjoys learning so much more when shes learning from her favorite cartoons & electronics. She knows her colors, numbers, left/right, all of her body parts obviously.. she's a very smart little girl. I also bought her that Nintendo DS with the camera, orginally for our roadtrips to and from Jacksonville, FL & Chicago, IL, but now she plays the games and takes her own pictures. From that www.nickjr.com site shes learned to read all kinds of words! I also work with her using YourBabyCanRead. I'm loving the feed back though so keep em coming! :)

Kristina - posted on 05/09/2011

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i think young kids learning to use electronic stuff is a good thing as long as they don't spend to much time with it. couple hours a day i feel is good. i'm big on outside play. my daughter 7 and son 4 like to play with internet and ds i let them for a few hours a week.

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