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    Default The great DS Debate!

    So whose children/child owns a DS console and how old were they when they first recieved it?

    A lot of my sons friends have them and he desperately wants one but I'm just not sure I am comfortable with it, not yet anyway. Instead of being so closed minded on the subject I thought I'd scope out the opinions of others

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    My Ds 1 who is 7, turning 8, has one since he was about 5. But that was only because he went to the US with his Dad and they had to sit around for a long time, so it was to keep him entertained.

    Now that he's a bit older, he has a bit more freedom but we still limit the time he's allowed to play it and most days he doesn't even use it, too busy playing outside or with Lego.

    Ds 2, who is 5 turning 6, will get one for his bday or christmas, he already plays with the one from his big brother and we're over the fighting. But I wasn't ready or comfortable with it til now

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    I have just decided to get my DS one for his birthday. He hadn't even seen a computer/video game until the week before last and he noticed two of his friends had them and now it is all on. I think he may be a little young (6) but then I think, if he is doing educational stuff on there then it can't be too bad, as long as I limit time spent on it etc.

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    My son got one for xmas it's second hand ( i payed $50 for it) and he has 3 games, he's 6. I restrict his play time on it, he basically only plays it on the weekends if he's done some chores or good behaviour or if we travel somewhere.

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    We opted to buy ds an iPad after realizing that there are so many education related aps. We initially just put a few games on our iPad which he played ccassionally such as lengthy car or plane trips. We then bought him his own when he turned 4. He is only allowed limited time on it though, we aren't in favor of kids being in front of a screen for hours day in day out. I remember going to visit my neices and nephews and they were always in front of the screen, used to drive me crazy and became my pet hate. We are very outdoorsy people and so are our kids. Ds went for a play at his friends for an afternoon last week and comes home to tell me he has been playing on the wee all afternoon. I was furious!

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    DS1 is getting a 3DS for his 5th Birthday. No real pressure or want for him to have one, we already have an Xbox, Ipad and my Iphone that he plays regularly so he knows how to handle a console. Main reason he is getting it is for long trips and for when he is at his dads and I'm sure sooner or later he will ask for one (starts school next year) so thought it would make a good present and Target have them cheap in the toysale.

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    My DH has put his foot down and says our children won't be getting game consoles until they are much, much older. The reason for this is that he feels he spent way too much time on his as a child/teen and would rather our children are doing other things.

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    Dd got one when she was 7, it was originally mine but she pinched it lol. We got ds one for christmas last year, he was 5 1/2. My advice would be if you do decide to get your child one, make sure you purchase easy simple games, poor dp is forever helping ds play his games because he gets stuck on something.

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    my 5 year old got one for Christmas.. but he doesnt really play it that much. mainly on train trips and when he is really tired on the weekends he sits in his room and play it. no

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    I remember teaching my 4 year old brother to program games into the old commodore 64 and he now runs a computer shop. At the pre-school the kids are either 3 turning 4 or 4 turning 5 this year and they have been using Ipads and they have 2 computers in the class. My son was gifted a PS3 last year when he was 3 and he did use it but wasn't very good till this year he is doing great. I'm guessing a DS is next on the list as we do travel a lot but he would definately be limited in how much he got to use it, so when he is 5 I think it might be ok for him.


 

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