Toddlers Playing Video Games More Than Ever
Kids are starting to play not long after learning to walk and talk. But is it harmful to start so early?
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - They are one of the fast growing segments of the video game population and most haven't even started kindergarten yet.
An NPD Group study found the number of gamers between the ages of 2 and 5 has jumped 17 percent since 2009, making it the fast growing among all kids age groups.
One reason may be that many young dads in their 20's and 30's grew up with Atari and Nintendo and they want to share their love of video games with their young kids.
There are obvious warning signs parents should watch for in their kids playing video games at any age.
"If your child is responding in a negative way to the games that they are shutting down, not talking to others, being obsessive about it. You have to be aware of that. You have to be aware of that and absolutely give that weight and say maybe video games aren't for my kid," adds O'Connor.
As to the idea that educational games or interactive consoles like the Wii are any better than traditional games Dr. O'Connor says " A video game is a video game is a video game."