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Riley has been wanting a Xbox for 2 years now (he'll be 7 in Nov). Last year, it was for Plants Vs Zombies and this year it's for Minecraft. I have always told the kids that they had to wait for a Xbox until they're in their teens. They have a Wii which, imo, is more geared towards kids.
I'm not sure why I'm worried, because the boys are still at the age where DH and I control most things.(it won't be connected to the i'net and we buy their games.)
Parker is 8, and has an Xbox 360. But, the ONLY reason we have it is because my DH got it free through work. But, we just control what games we buy, and watch the ratings on them. He and my DH LOVE to play Lego Indiana Jones on it together.......and he likes Tony Hawk skateboarding, and some others. He also saved his own money, and got the Kinect to add to it, so he has some of those games, like the 2012 Olympics, Just Dance 4, and others.
I don't see the Xbox as a problem for us personally, because Parker's not a huge video gamer, so he doesn't get addicted, or play it too much. We never have to put limits on it, because he basically limits himself in his lack of interest. lol He goes in spurts........
Proud Mom of an only child- Parker Joseph- 2-21-2005
We have an Xbox that DH bought for himself many years ago. the kids can play it if they want and have a few games of their own for it. they rarely play it. we also have a wii and playstation and they play those more than the xbox but still not very often. we use the xbox to play movies pretty regularly.
for us it's not a problem. I would suggest if you get one to put it in the living room so you can see what and when they play it
I think its all about your personal feelings about it and what you want your kids to be doing. If you set limits on how much time and what they can play I dont see an issue with it.
I am going to get Zoe an Xbox 360 for christmas we had one but long story short we dont now. I also have the kinect for xbox and she really enjoyed playing it and it helped her be active plus playing a game
Personally I am sure we have an xbox floating around somewhere, don't think it gets used very often. If you are buying the games/supervising the buying of the games I really don't see much of a difference between it and other consoles.