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When Should You Start Introducing Your Kids To Video Games? (Part 1)

As a gamer and parent, you may waiting for the day when you can play side-by-side with your children. Overtly or not, most of us expect that our kids will become mini Pokémon trainers or passionate Destiny squadmates. But what’s the best age to introduce kids to games?

Sometimes, forcing something too early can lead to negative consequences. There was case that parent tried showing his kids Star Wars when they were only three years old and ended up terrifying them many years later, they still won’t touch the game. Sometimes, as parents, our expectations to involve our children can outweigh our judgment to make the best decision. To be specific, as the parent turn on Pokémon Let’s Go on the big TV: the children annoyance that the parent was paying attention to the game other than the children. As the consequence, the children after which firmly says “NO NO PIKACHU” whenever they see the Nintendo Switch.

Introducing age-appropriate games to your kids might seem like the most obvious gentle method, but there’s more to consider here. It’s a general principle that not until they are about three years old, your kids will find anything that takes parent’s attention away from them as a Bad Thing. While Video games do have the attractiveness that catch our attention. Furthermore, most children are too young to be able to handle a controller themselves, so you don’t want your children to start associating video games with the feeling of being ignored. As such,  it is better to wait until they’re old enough to talk about what’s happening and maybe even try playing the games themselves.

Until they are ready, gently incorporating games to play into family time such as start playing some simple Toca Boca games with toddler on an iPad which are lovely, creative, developed around small-person concepts like trains, birthday parties and kitchens. Soon you will be surprised and impressed by how quickly they picked up touch-screen control and enjoy the game on their very own.