January 25, 2009,
L.K. asks from Columbus, OH on January 23, 2009
Young Kids Playing World of Warcraft
I need some opinions on whether an 8 year old should be playing World of Warcraft. My ex husband is letting him play at his house and I would just like some other opinions good or bad from other parents. Also, if there are any professionals that would like to wiegh in that would be appreciated as well. Thanks for the help! :)
M.C. answers from Youngstown on January 24, 2009
L.....my husband plays this game and I feel it is somewhat addictive. Some days it is like pulling teeth to get him off the game to come help me with household things. We recently had a fight over it and he has gotten better. We made an agreement that he would only play after the baby was down for the night. Some nights he would play the game until 3 or 4 am (on weekends). It became a problem. But like I said he is getting better now.
I recently saw an episode of Dr. Phil about people addicted to online games and World Of Warcraft was one of the games he discussed. I just think there are so many better things an 8 year old could be doing. Like playing outside, or playing with his dad (and I don't mean online). I would be afraid that he would get addicted to the game. Good luck!
C.P. answers from Cincinnati on January 24, 2009
My husband and his family play WOW and I will not even let my almost 7 and 4 year old watch them play.
I would not let my 8 yr old play and would discourage it once they were older.
It is a highly addictive game and I have not known one person (out of many many) that didn't get lost in it and begin to play a bit irresponsibly - neglecting real life obligations and the such.
I would discourage this the best you can.
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N.S. answers from Columbus on January 25, 2009
I know of several kids that are playing it and have played it, including my now grown stepkids. Personally, I have never liked the game. My husband allowed my stepkids to play it. All of the kids, including my husband, got addicted to the game when they played it. It was so, so hard to try and get them to stop playing the game. I also noticed slight personality changes in all of them: irritability, impatience, disrespect... The graphic violence in that game combined with the mythology had a negative effect on my family. It was really hard at the time. Thank goodness the kids grew out of it and so did my husband. They are into other games now, like the Wii. I also have grown up friends that play the game and all of them say that when you are playing the game, it is definitely addictive and you lose all track of time. All to say this that I don't think it's healthy to play the game for prolonged amounts of time. I realize though that the game is very appealing to boys especially b/c it gives the individual player missions and when a mission is accomplished the player feels good abt himself. Obviously, you don't have a lot of control over what goes on in your exes household but maybe you could ask your ex to put a time limit on the amount your son plays over there.
D.T. answers from Muncie on January 23, 2009
I personally would not let my 8 year old play. Both my husband and I are players, while it is a simple enough game, and things are generally pretty tame, there are some things that I wouldn't want my child exposed to. For instance there are a few locations that have hung bodies from trees. One of the main cities that a lot of travel goes through is inhabited by undead (they are actually a playable race as well)and large grotesque creature that are like bloated Frankenstein monsters.
I suggest going to http://www.wowwiki.com/Portal:Main and looking it over for yourself.
N.E. answers from Cincinnati on January 24, 2009
I believe WOW has a language filter - however - they find ways around it - kids these days have heard everything - but its still good to shelter them as much as possible so it does not become a normal part of their vocabulary. WOW is very adicting to most of its players (most I know are adults) and causes in my opinion decreased interest in outdoor activities, increased fixation on a computer screen and all around start of bad habits. On the flip side - it does promote problem solving quick reflex timing with new learned skills, increased hand eye coordination and good use of computer skills which are in need in our business world. In my opinion though, the cons outweigh the pros. Strict structure on when and how long the kid can play with supervision until a desired age is reached would be my recomendation.
D.G. answers from Columbus on January 24, 2009
I looked this game up and it is rated TEEN , so I would say he is too young to be playing a role play game that looks and sounds so violent.
M.R. answers from Cincinnati on January 25, 2009
Absolutely not appropriate.
Yes there is a language filter, but no filter can block out sexual innuendo, gay remarks, racist remarks, or other garbage that is on there. Yes, I know they hear these sorts of things at school and on TV, but there really is no censoring on WoW.
At minimum, high school age would be more appropriate.
If he insists on playing, then his time (like with anything computer or gaming related) should be limited. Ask your ex to limit his screen time to 30-60 minute per day, whatever you feel is appropriate.
And feel free to PM me with other questions/concerns you may have about the game. I'll be more than happy to assist.
E.R. answers from Toledo on January 24, 2009
L., I have to say as a former teacher/now stay at home Mom who just happens to play World of Warcraft when I get a free second....letting an 8 year old play this game is not really appropriate. While the game itself obviously has some fighting, it's not gruesome or bloody... but the issue with an 8 year old is that the majority of the people playing this game and others like it, is the fact that these other people are usually a good 10 + years older than your son. Bad language is definitely a factor in some cases, and talk which may seem alright for us as adults is not something children his age should be hearing (or rather reading). I think video games are fine for children, as long as it's something in their age range. Hope this helps, good luck.
M.M. answers from Fort Wayne on January 24, 2009
My hubby plays this as well he he knows I DO NOT LIKE it. Our daughter will be in the room with him while he is watching fighting and OH she will let him have it. she is 4. She says HEY fighting is not nice you should not watch this and will walk out. I do not like that game or anything with fighting. Hard thing when it is at your ex hubby's and you are not there. Have you talked to him to let yo know how you feel? I know it is probably like talking to a wall but a try.. Good Luck....