Does any child play Mind Craft and look at the viedos on youtube...How do you feel about it?

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 02/26/2015

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"I'll be glad when this is over"? When what is over? The technological age? That's not happening any time soon.

Parents need to take control of their kids in an electronic sense. I don't understand what's wrong with limits, with enforcing other modes of entertainment, with making the kids get off their butts and outdoors or engaged in something stimulating. Answers like "We try to limit screen time". Try? Its easy. Set parental controls. The device turns itself off at your predetermined time. That way, you aren't always taking it away, and the kid learns that there are limits to everything in life.

Dove - posted on 02/28/2015

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And by lots of shows I certainly don't mean he's always watching. He will watch an episode of Pokemon or something and then use that as a 'starting point' to go act out adventures in the bedroom... or all over the house. ;)

Lillie - posted on 02/28/2015

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I think its Minecraft, Lisa. All of my 6 sons play this game and watch the videos, I am fine with this as long as i don't hear swearing. We dont have a limit on how long they should play but until 8 is fine (my sons are 11,11,11, 12, 14, 17

Dawn - posted on 02/26/2015

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HaHaHa! I remember World of War Craft too. My former step children used to play that when my son was a baby. The son who NOW watches these Minecraft videos. I feel children go thru all types of phases, things they like for a period of time and This annoyance is just one of them for us.

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Renee Velasquez - posted on 04/21/2016

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Howdy just hate how intense this game makes them.They earn time by reading out loud yepp!
It works for every minute they read time for a game or they choose the reward they have a list...outside activities best but the choose wisely they earn it

Raye - posted on 04/21/2016

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2 hours a day is what is recommended for young kids regarding ALL screen time.. that includes tablet, TV, computer (even homework done on computer), or any other electronic device. Otherwise it can contribute to behavior problems. Of course, each child and each circumstance is different, but you (the parent) must make the judgment for your child. If you want to reward a good child, think of other fun things the child would enjoy.

Ev - posted on 04/21/2016

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Evelyn B. You need to have a set of rules on how much access your child has to all this stuff. Just because she is on honor roll does not mean she can just have it all the time. They can get so addicted to it they do not want to do nothing else. You need to set the tone for how long she gets a day and stick to it. It balances out so she is not glued to it all the time and can do other activities.

Evelyn - posted on 04/20/2016

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You are right. I figure it wouldnt be fair to take the ipad away from her since shes an honor roll student.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 04/20/2016

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Evelyn, it is up to YOU to be the parent and impose limits!

Dove - posted on 02/28/2015

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They don't have Minecraft, but they do all look up videos on YouTube. It's great. They know what kind of things to look up and what kind of things to not look up. We don't have TV, so my son watches lots of cartoon shows that way.

Lisa Graham - posted on 02/26/2015

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Shawnn I just meant a phase of "mindcraft" my daughter loves technology and as a non techie person I am always curiously in awe of what she can do. I know technology is never ending but I am ready for the next thing and hopefully it is for the better. She loves to garden and ride her bike and go for walks but still the tablet and youtube calls. I do put limits on this as I do with TV and eating sweets but its out their and I was just wondering how other mom felt about mindcraft.

Lisa Graham - posted on 02/26/2015

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I think my 8 year old is too. She has been watching the viedos and now has a tablet anf I so stupidly bought the app. She also has ADHD and I think sometimes it overstimulates her. I guess it could be worst but I will be glad when this is over. we are also try very very hard to limit her time to 1 hour or so a week. Boy to just have tv as a problem again...lol

Jill - posted on 02/26/2015

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I have to agree with Shawnn. There are dozens of reasons to limit exposure to gaming and enforce physical fitness and creativity.

Pewdiepie makes tons of money off your child's addiction and this will more than set the stage for other future addictions, not to mention health challenges from being still all the time.

For my own children, I required them to be producers/creators as opposed to consumers/watchers when it came to youtube and other devices. They each have their own channel now and have learned amazing video arts production skills as a result. We bought tools, software and equipment to support this hobby. At first they weren't allowed to show their faces on youtube, so their channel was about their dolls and they learned to do stop motion videos that made it appear their dolls were dancing - so cool.

We also allowed educational videos to support their schooling requirements. They have learned guitar, piano, make up artistry and so many other skills. The watching was always attached to the skill development.

Have you checked out the website called www [dot] DIY [dot] com ?

Maybe your son could earn these online badges in the winter rather than play video games. Maybe he could set up an account (parent controlled) on this site and then post his creations. If you challenge him, he will likely rise to the challenge. Don't make him go cold turkey off gaming or you will get rebellion, but if you handle it right, DIY could become be his activity of choice instead of gaming. Good luck!

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 02/26/2015

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Yes, my kids (now grown) did and do both. How did I feel? I exercised my parental control when necessary, and let them be individuals with their gaming and viewing choices.
If you find it's "pretty annoying, how much time he could spend watching a video of someone else playing a video game", well, you're the parent, and YOU have control over screen time.
If " It's not my preferred method of passing the time, but I do not feel it's damaging. "...Then redirect your kid. He's 7 for crying out loud, he should not be that engrossed in television or computer at 7 years old.
What's wrong with sending a 7 YO outside in the winter? Temps? Get a grip. Our temps are low to mid single digits most all winter, and my kids had to be dragged inside so that they wouldn't be frostbitten most days...There is absolutely nothing wrong with allowing a healthy 7 YO to burn off some energy outside for a brief period of time.
Now that you've allowed him to get in the habit of being on the computer, rather than other activities, I hate to tell you, but he's not 'automatically' going to transition into being an active kid once the weather clears. You need to be enforcing physical activity, and low computer exposure all year around.

Sarah - posted on 02/26/2015

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It's odd how schools, at least the school my kids go to, one of the number one complaints is "not enough technology". I think it's almost funny. Kids go to school, then come home and spend hours upon hours zoned out in front of various technology forms: TV, computer, video games and ipads. My kids get an allowance of "tech time" if they choose to blow the whole amount in one day...fine. Then they go without for the rest of the week. They get one hour a day of computer or video game and can join the family or siblings to watch TV for up to one hour as well. So far, they self limit. My kids are really busy with extracurricular activities and my youngest is ten. If I had an infant to care for, I have no idea how I'd manage computer time.

Trisha - posted on 02/26/2015

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I remember one time seeing a loading screen on a game I used to play - World of Warcraft. There was a message at the bottom that said "Remember to take all things in moderation (even World of Warcraft!)"

My stepson used to watch these annoying videos. I have never hated anything more than the voice of video-game narrator pewdiepie in my life...

And then he would TALK and TALK about the games, or the videos he watched for hours. It got to the point where his father would say "Unless it happened in real life, I don't want to hear about it."

He doesn't have access to a computer at home anymore, so this is no longer a problem. He plays video games on his Xbox and goes skateboarding. Thank goodness.

Dawn - posted on 02/26/2015

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My 7 year old does play and I believe is possibly addicted to watching the videos on youtube. I find it pretty annoying, how much time he could spend watching a video of someone else playing a video game, but I do not feel it's as dangerous, and not nearly as unhealthy as some of the things he could be doing. It's not my preferred method of passing the time, but I do not feel it's damaging. As long as he is looking at what he's gotten my permission to look at (which he is, every time I check for myself) I think it's OK. It's rough with such long cold winters. I have a 5 week old daughter AND my 7 year old son, so going outside to play while it's single digit to teen temperatures is not an option. Once the weather's warmer, I know he'll be less interested in the youtube videos of someone else playing Minecraft and narrating while he plays. :)
(That's annoying to me too, that voice!)

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