Buying a PlayStation for a 5 year old?

(75 Posts)
SmilingCrocodile Tue 02-Apr-13 18:33:54

A friend of mine is a single parent to a boy of 4. She has recently got a full-time job.

Went to hers for a coffee and I was asking her about her new job and she was saying how happy she is because now her DS is getting older he is getting much more aware of presents etc (compared to say a 3 year who wouldn't notice what the heck you bought them for their Birthday/Christmas) - and wants a PlayStation for his 5th birthday.

I was just a little bit like ... "oh, yeah I see what you mean". I have a DD who is only 18mo so unsure of what it is like to have older children, but is it normal to buy a child that young a PlayStation?

Maybe a Wii as it is more family friendly and has children's games. Perhaps the PlayStation does too, but I have no idea.

I'm not judging her, I'm genuinely interested in whether people do or would buy a PlayStation for a child that young? As I am clueless.

Loulybelle Tue 02-Apr-13 18:46:04

I wouldnt get my 5 yr old a PS3, i have one and she knows the basic to get Netflix on, but thats it, She has DSi, but thats it.

cantspel Tue 02-Apr-13 18:48:32

I dont see what is wrong with buying one after all you can get games for the 3 plus age group for it.

And i think the wii is pretty crap so would rather buy once and buy what will last.

Shaiandbump Tue 02-Apr-13 18:50:06

My 5 year old has a Nintendo 3DS.
A silent tear dropped from my eye when I payed for it.
Of course I could just not have got it for him. My mother warned me this would happen and I'd learn my lesson one day

<wonders off to look for backbone>

SmilingCrocodile Tue 02-Apr-13 18:52:52

I dont see what is wrong with buying one after all you can get games for the 3 plus age group for it.

See I'm just clueless when it comes to games.

midastouch Tue 02-Apr-13 18:52:53

I wont be buying my DS a playstation at that age!! I will leave gaming things for as long as i possible can!

ciavula Tue 02-Apr-13 18:57:40

Meh, I wouldn't do it but it's her money and if she wants to treat the kids a little bit? She could do much worse.

McNewPants2013 Tue 02-Apr-13 19:03:26

The ps3 is my lifeline, it's the only thing DS will play on and not break and gives me time to do housework, cooking and to spend time with DD.

It's not ideal but all games are age appropriate.

Altinkum Tue 02-Apr-13 19:04:09

Its up to the parent, I wouldn't buy a PSP, but I would buy a Xbox.

StuntGirl Tue 02-Apr-13 19:05:55

I wouldn't buy them one specifically but we have one in the house so I would let them use it (under supervision).

BegoniaBampot Tue 02-Apr-13 19:06:12

But a play station is also a blue ray player so multifunctional.

Enfyshedd Tue 02-Apr-13 19:06:23

DP bought DSS2 (then 5) a cheap PS2 the other Xmas - DSS2 managed to break it a couple of months later, so it hasn't been replaced. Personally, I think it was a good idea to get something cheap (can also get loads of games on 3 for £10 deals) so if there is an accident, then you are crying at the expense of it if something goes wrong.

WorraLiberty Tue 02-Apr-13 19:06:43

I'm not sure why you're asking really.

Is there something about this toy that you don't like? Or are you worried she may buy inappropriate games for her DC?

McNewPants2013 Tue 02-Apr-13 19:07:41

Just to add the ps3 is in the living room, so it's for everyone to use and not just ds

chandellina Tue 02-Apr-13 20:21:16

I wouldn't and just can not understand why anyone would want to encourage their child toward a lifetime of wasted hours in front of a games console.

DontSHOUTTTTTT Tue 02-Apr-13 20:29:10

Definitely not a playstation. I would get a 3DS. (Extra large) Although any Nintendo platform would be good. A five year old would be thrilled with a secondhand GameCube plus a batch of kiddie games from eBay.

We still use our Nintendo 64 and our GameCube and my kids are in te late teens and early twenties.

Marioparty anybody??

DontSHOUTTTTTT Tue 02-Apr-13 20:52:20

BTW. We have always had computer consules in our family but I have always had rules. My DC's love playing computer games but enjoy lots of other activities. It isn't an issue as long as you parent your kids. Most consoles have inbuilt parental controls that limit the times and duration that the on consule can be played.
When my DC's were little I used an alarm clock and would give them a warning when they had five minutes of play left. Then, when I told them to finish playing if they didn't immediately turn the game off they wouldn't be allowed to play the following day. If they continued to complain then they would loose their computer privileges for the week.
My three kids and I still have Marioparty/Bomberman/Tetris/mariocart 'AThons. It's great fun.

SmilingCrocodile Tue 02-Apr-13 21:01:24

Pretty obvious what I'm asking Worra - whether someone would buy a PlayStation for their 5 year old.

I said I was clueless and I wasn't sure whether it was aimed towards younger children too.

Everyone else understood that.

Why do you always have to question every single thing people decide to post?

Altinkum Tue 02-Apr-13 21:04:42

Actually it wasn't a pretty obvious question, I had to read others reply to understand what it was you were actually asking too!!!

Meglet Tue 02-Apr-13 21:05:00

DS is 6 and over my dead body is he getting a games console. Even though I would rather like a Wii.

I do think it would buy me some peace and quiet and a tidier house but I would rather suck up the noise and have him tearing around the house with his little sister.

kinkyfuckery Tue 02-Apr-13 21:07:19

A Playstation, no, I wouldn't, as most of the games aren't aimed at kids that age. I agree that a Wii is much more age appropriate. Or a DS.

My ex bought the DC a shared PS3 for Xmas when they were 6 and 3. I didn't agree with it, but couldn't really stop him, could I? They occasionally use it now (age almost 8 and almost 5) to play Little Big Planet, or to see him/their great grandparents on the camera, but that's about it.

WorraLiberty Tue 02-Apr-13 21:09:21

Please read my post properly before jumping down my throat OP

I know what you're asking

I was trying to ascertain why you were asking. Is it because you don't really like the toy or because you're worried she might buy unsuitable games for it?

If it's the latter, there are games aimed at 3 years plus

If it's non of the above then fair enough.

Jeez there are some incredibly arsey people around today...this whole Easter actually.

SmilingCrocodile Tue 02-Apr-13 21:15:50

...this whole Easter actually

Oh wait the children are off school at Easter right?

Are you trying to imply that I'm a troll then? Ok ...

Very sly and clever of you to figure that out.

WorraLiberty Tue 02-Apr-13 21:30:20

FFS what is wrong with you??

No I'm not implying you're a child or a troll!

There are some incredibly arsey people around this Easter and that has been shown on many threads.

I'm not the first or the only person to say this. Apparently it's being put down to the bad weather/economy/just general annoyance...oh and I read 1 person putting it down to the moon!

But if you want to take the arse then that's your prerogative.

<< Bows out >>

SmilingCrocodile Tue 02-Apr-13 21:36:29

No I just find you incredibly annoying Worra and your constantly questioning of people.

Just because you are here all the time it doesn't make you the queen of AIBU.

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