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obviously letting your child play games on your phone is worse than injecting them with pure crack, but Toca makes some really cool games that seem just right for a 3-year-old, so fuck the haters

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 8 March 2012 15:00 (seven years ago) Permalink

I let the girls use Kids Doodle on my HTC but I don't have any games installed. I'd prefer them to draw and create things than play games or solve puzzles - not because there's no value in the latter because clearly there is - but from an entirely selfish PoV I anticipate fewer tantrums if they're just making a picture.

Michael Jones, Friday, 9 March 2012 10:27 (seven years ago) Permalink

Oh, and we have Video Night on Thursdays where, instead of bedtime books, we watch something on YouTube on the phone. A Harry Potter Lego adventure or a pop video (Sparks on SNL in 1979 got SO many airings) or a cartoon or smthng.

Michael Jones, Friday, 9 March 2012 10:28 (seven years ago) Permalink

Hannah (10) has a phone now - third hand - but no sim card, Joel has had a functional one since he started secondary school. Phones suck imo but I am all too acutely aware that I am a grumpy, senile old git.

Nultified Ancients of Man U (Noodle Vague), Friday, 9 March 2012 11:15 (seven years ago) Permalink

Yep, both kids have one so that they can "contact us in emergencies", yeah...

Except every time we need to contact them...

Mark G, Friday, 9 March 2012 11:26 (seven years ago) Permalink

ok so i've done a full 180 on the phone thing, every day is a constant barrage of demands to use my phone, fuck this shit 2x

think i'm going with the "game night" idea, which also seems like a good way to learn about days of the week and...... waiting and being patient

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Monday, 12 March 2012 18:10 (seven years ago) Permalink

though one of the positives has been that it's made me realize how much i check/use my phone, because EVERY TIME i do, i hear "daddy, can i play a game on your phone?"

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Monday, 12 March 2012 18:11 (seven years ago) Permalink

game night = success

much less 242x7 whining as well

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Monday, 19 March 2012 17:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

i mean 24x7

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Monday, 19 March 2012 17:33 (seven years ago) Permalink

I had the same problem with my guitar..

Me: "Strum strum"
Amber(or)Alice: "OK, my turn now!"

Mark G, Tuesday, 20 March 2012 11:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

our solution to that was to get him a cheap ukelele, which he totally ignores now obviously

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 20 March 2012 12:10 (seven years ago) Permalink


Mark G, Tuesday, 20 March 2012 12:21 (seven years ago) Permalink

Mark G, Tuesday, 20 March 2012 12:21 (seven years ago) Permalink


Mark G, Tuesday, 20 March 2012 12:23 (seven years ago) Permalink

boy, 13, has a phone which is rarely charged and never used. pointless.
girl #1, 11, has a phone which is constantly in use and we have had talks about midnight facebooking.
girl #2, 9, doesn't want one. saying that though, she does an ipod touch which she uses for email & facetime so long as she's on a wifi connection.

thomasintrouble, Tuesday, 20 March 2012 12:40 (seven years ago) Permalink

you have a 13 year old boy who doesn't care about playing games on a phone??

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 20 March 2012 12:41 (seven years ago) Permalink

ha! he does have an ipod too... but also he's into things like Civ and Europa Universalis ie strategy games that don't translate well to a small screen.

thomasintrouble, Tuesday, 20 March 2012 12:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

anyone let their kids do roblox? My 6 year old has been bugging me about it and I finally downloaded it but I'm still wary of the social aspects of it

Current rules are she has to ask before she plays a new game and has to hide the chat

na (NA), Sunday, 29 January 2017 17:50 (two years ago) Permalink

Our kids are on there. I'm simultaneously freaked out and impressed by their behavior on it.

Beeps and her friend from school do stuff like design their own houses and live in wolfpacks.

The boy, on the other hand, likes to play the game where someone is a murderer and everyone else has to try to survive until the end of the round. It's a little disturbing, but hey, he's a member of the Sandy Hook generation, might as well get some practice.

I've watched the chats as much as I can, and haven't seen anything offensive or creepy. We've drilled into the both of them to not reveal any personal details on there, not download anything, etc., and they get it.

Chat's got a filter on it, so now I get to answer questions like, "What is a-star-star supposed to mean?"

Case-by-case (or game-by-game) seems pretty sensible.

pplains, Sunday, 29 January 2017 21:30 (two years ago) Permalink

They're going to clean their rooms later, I promise.

pplains, Sunday, 29 January 2017 21:43 (two years ago) Permalink

One of my kids is into Roblox. Makes my MacBook all crashy, but I guess it's not the worst thing.

DJI, Tuesday, 31 January 2017 04:24 (two years ago) Permalink

Aidan plays it on the laptop but isn't interested in playing it on his phone.

He got a headset for christmas for the xbox, which I was a bit worried about, but he's got a nice set of online friends he plays with, I'll earwig every once in a while to check that all is ok, and pull him up when he gives out info he shouldn't (just about what area he lives in, nothing too personal, he's really good at using his handle, none of them know his name)

vickyp, Friday, 3 February 2017 09:28 (two years ago) Permalink

On New Year's Eve, the admin for Beeps' wolf game put out an alert that at midnight, everyone was supposed to stand out in a field and howl at the same time. I was downstairs in the living room and thought she had opened a portal to hell in her room, but she was so excited about the experience afterward!

pplains, Friday, 3 February 2017 14:08 (two years ago) Permalink


how's life, Friday, 3 February 2017 14:09 (two years ago) Permalink

it's weird that kids love it so much bc the games seem pretty crappy from what i saw/played

na (NA), Friday, 3 February 2017 16:03 (two years ago) Permalink

Between Roblox and Minecraft, I keep telling them, you know, they make video game characters with faces now.

pplains, Friday, 3 February 2017 18:04 (two years ago) Permalink

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