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Talking Point: Should You Let Your Kids Play With Your Handheld Gaming Devices?
It can't be helped. Children are mostly curious about everything their parents does. If you got boys, they'd be even more curious. If it's handheld gadgets, maybe it's not such a bad thing?
Buying handheld gaming gadgets today is probably affordable but are nevertheless expensive. No one would want to risk $180 or so just to get his 3DS get thrown out the window. How do you go between your emotions as a parent and your undying love for video games?
“As much as I treat my handheld devices as precious things, I want to teach my kids a sense of accountability.
My Vita has been dropped twice, my 3DS has been dropped countless of times and my toddler doesn't mind smashing the two screens together as soon as he's finished using it (I'm picking my 3DS from repair as I'm writing this). It's an interesting drop and durability test.
Of course, you can buy protection accessories such as hard cases, screen protectors, additional button skins and stuff. However, protection also means compromising some of the comfort of which your device is designed with. There can be the added weight for example.
As for me... As much as I treat my handheld devices as precious things, I want to teach my kids a sense of accountability. Life does teach things in a very expensive way.
How about you? Which handheld gaming devices do you own? Do you allow your kids to play with your PS Vita or Nintendo 3DS? Be sure to tell us your opinion by dropping a comment below!