Games consoles for pre-schoolers
March 29, 2010 § 3 Comments
Do you think I am joking? I wish I were. I had the misfortune to see an advertisement for a Peppa Pig game (the second instalment no less) for the Nintendo DS recently. The average age of Peppa fans? 2 and a half to 3 years old.
I was also at a family meal at the weekend, and after eating, most of the children, including my own I am glad to say, were itching to get outside and run around, jump on the climbing frames and whizz down the slides. The only child who wasn’t, was the one glued to his DS, exercising his fingers rather than taxing his body in any way. He was 4.
Despite my own misgivings about giving young children such electronic devices that effectively narrow their horizons to the width of that small screen, I have to accept that some people think this is an acceptable way to entertain their children.
But the most tragic thing about it, and a major part of the advert for this Peppa Pig game was the feature in the game that enabled you to feed the ducks.
Go and take some bread and feed the blinking ducks. Please. For your children’s sake.