I finally banned my 5 year old from Video Games

Sam - posted on 07/05/2013 ( 4 moms have responded )

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He just became too addicted. He was refusing to go to school and has tried to fake sick to get out of it. He also refuses to go with me to visit my aunt or go to church. so I smashed his PS3 and I feel proud my kid will be saved from those horrid games. He played Call of Duty: Black Ops II,inFAMOUS 2, and MLB 13: The Show

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Sam - posted on 07/06/2013

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Yes me too I told my husband no more games and now we realized the importance of banning violent video games. Me and my 5 year old talked it out. I am getting him that new Xbox One that comes out in November but he can only play E and E 10+ Games and I have to approve T rated games before he can play them.

Ev - posted on 07/05/2013

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It disheartens me that he got to play those games. A lot of those games you mentioned are either teen or mature rated and that is a lot of violence to let a five year old see. But he is your child.

Ev - posted on 07/05/2013

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And who got him those games? As a parent, I find it disheartening that a five year old was allowed to play such games. My son was 12 or 13 when he got his FIRST VIDEO GAME MACHINE. I still made sure he only played certain games. There was no Halo, Call of Duty, Splinter Cell, and other games of similar nature allowed. He got to play racing car games, Star Wars games because he already knew what that was and I knew what it was, some other odd and end games that were at minimum rated E or T. I did not allow those real violent games until he was about 14 like Halo. Even now at 16, there are some I do not allow. He also had to learn to deal with how much he got to play with them too. Now he decides how long to play with them and a lot of times he initiates change of venue for a movie, going to the park or whatever. As a parent, its our responsiblity to set the limits for how often games or other activities are allowed and hold the kids to it no matter their ages. Smashing his system wasn't the best thing to have done. You could have put it up until he was much older and gotten him some games more befitting his age and set a time limit like one hour of game time so many times a week after all other things were done: homework, chores, etc.

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