It’s a four letter word. Xbox.
Our kids grow up today gaming – starting with handheld games with big buttons and lights, progressing to hand held games, game cubes, Wiis and then,what was the turning point at our house, the Xbox.
That was the one that hooked ‘um. There are some pretty scary statistics out there around the time suck gaming is for our teens, and we all know its true, most every kid games, every day. I’m sure there are a few parents out there that refused to start down this path. I wish I was one of them.
I think Xbox is a gateway game to the big deal – building your own gaming computer – it’s really more than a computer, it’s an entire setup, a cockpit of gaming.
And yes, you can shut off the internet, remove keyboards and all kinds of other tricks to limit it, but it’s only temporary.
Thankfully my kids have other interests: sports, music and hobbies. I have seen all of these suffer in the name of gaming but thankfully they stick with them. I have to have faith that they will continue to learn to balance healthy gaming time with other activities and spending time with friends and family.
I think all of these gaming devices should come with DISCLAIMERS and if I could do it all over again, I’d be that parent. That stick in the mud.