New Nintendo 3DS hazardous for kids under 6?

PCmag.com is reporting that Nintendo is warning parents against buying its new Nintendo 3DS for kids under 6.

From PCmag.com:

“Those thinking about buying the upcoming Nintendo 3DS for your pre-schooler might want to wait a few years. In advance of its Nintendo World 2011 demo, Nintendo posted a warning that suggests children under the age of six should not use its 3D functions.”

” ‘Vision of children under the age of six has been said [to be in the] developmental stage,’ according to a note posted to Nintendo’s Japanese site. 3D content, including the 3DS, ‘delivers 3D images with different left and right eye images, [which] has a potential impact on the growth of children’s eyes.’ ”

“Nintendo recommended the use of parental controls to only allow younger gamers to play in 2D. There is ‘enough for everyone to enjoy,’ ” Nintendo said.

The company recommended that players of all ages take breaks from 3D content every 30 minutes – or if they feel sick.

It is launching in Japan on February 26 for about $300. The exact release date for the U.S. isn’t known yet.

I’m glad the company is being up front about their concerns and not letting small children around the world hurt their eye development!

I’m not sure I would want to take a chance on my older kids playing it either though. What if they were behind on their eye development?

Would you buy this for your kids older than 6? Would you still worry?

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DB

December 29th, 2010
2:15 am

So — is this just the Nintendo 3D system? Or does this include 3D movies, too?

MomsRule

December 29th, 2010
6:10 am

Good point DB.

mom of 3

December 29th, 2010
7:37 am

Good questions DB.

FCM

December 29th, 2010
8:01 am

Very good question DB especially since more and more “kid” moivies are in 3D

FCM

December 29th, 2010
8:04 am

OK quickly what I found:

http://www.audioholics.com/news/editorials/warning-3d-video-hazardous-to-your-health

Here is a brief of what it says: a single 3D movie in a theatre in every month probably won’t harm it. These video systems and the new 3D TVs are going to be viewed more often than a single movie in a theatre.

Thus in home 3D video images while the eyes are developing can impair…regardless of what kind of video it is (tv, movie, or game system) because the exposure is repeatitive and prolonged.

JATL

December 29th, 2010
8:05 am

My oldest can’t stand 3D movies and the technology out so far that lets you view without glasses makes me feel car sick, so we won’t be buying anything like this for awhile -maybe never! If it’s got a warning about kids under 6, then no, I would not buy it for a kid under 6. I mean, my 4 year old loves his new Glow Explosion Crayola Color Dome and the game Jenga that Santa brought -and they’re all for 6 and over, but 3D technology they “ain’t.”

Lori

December 29th, 2010
8:50 am

Interesting. I had no idea that 3D could be bad for kids eye development. I knew it can cause headaches, and for me it makes me feel sick. But I would certainly be interesting in learning more about this before I would consider purchasing such a system. My son is 7, but what if his eye development is a little behind. He doesn’t like 3D movies though, so I don’t think he’d be really interesting in the games.

JJ

December 29th, 2010
9:06 am

Why on earth would a child under the age of 6 be playing video games in the first place? I guess you have to start them young huh????

Techmom

December 29th, 2010
10:07 am

Not a real interesting topic for me today as my son is 15 and was never into video games thankfully. He does have a PS3 but honestly I never have to tell him to stop playing. Take off the headphones – yes; stop playing video games, nope! I’m with JJ on this and wondering why parents are buying a child younger than 6 a video game anyway. Maybe a Leapster but not a true video game system.

And simply b/c I missed the last couple of days; I feel the need to add my 2 cents :) All the wrapping paper, boxes, presents, etc. got put away on Christmas day but all the Christmas decorations are still up and will be until New Years. Then we’ll take down the outside lights and the real tree. The big 12 ft. tree will probably be up another week after that b/c it just takes so much time to put everything away, I can only do so much each weekend. Plus it’s pretty and I enjoy looking at it! My house seems so plain and boring without all the decorations. It really makes me wish Christmas was later in winter… we’re stuck inside so much, it at least livens things up.

As for marriage advice, I give it when asked and it too usually involves the phrase, “you can’t change the other person.” In fact I gave it to my BIL’s fiancée on Christmas Eve after she got into a spat with my MIL and my BIL didn’t stand up for her. “He’s not going to change, he will always take his mother’s side or not take sides in order to keep his mother happy.” I love my future SIL but there is no way I would wish marrying into this family on anyone.

Stacey

December 29th, 2010
10:23 am

Off Topic….Before day this morning I saw a preview of a show that debuts tonight at 8 on TLC called “Extreme Couponing”. It features shoppers who save thousands of dollars using coupons (not sure if it will be the same folks every week or different ones). The one I saw this morning featured a man who paid less than $250 on a total of over $5700! They also interviewed a lady who spends an average of 70 hours a week dealing with coupons by surfing different websites, dumpster diving for coupons, etc.

Not trying to hijack the topic but I thought y’all might be interested.

Techmom

December 29th, 2010
10:41 am

@Stacy, I definitely want to watch that! I’ve been couponing fairly seriously for almost 5 months and while I’ve saved nearly 50% off our grocery bill, it is time consuming! Anyone who says it’s not, is crazy. There are just so many things to keep up with, matching up coupons, printing, cutting, filing (even if you use the couponmom.com system, you still have to sort, cut and file). And some people are serious couponers at several stores but I think most of those people don’t have jobs (they think of couponing as their job or they’re SAHMs who do it in order to stay at home). I’m happy with saving 40-50% off and going to only 1 store.

penguinmom

December 29th, 2010
10:54 am

I would assume so of the reason for the warning is not parents purchasing the system for their preschooler but for parents who have a range of ages. I could see someone getting the system for a teen and then letting the younger kids play it as well. My youngest is very proficient at games because he’s grown up watching his brother (8 years older than him) play. I wouldn’t have thought anything of letting him play a 3-D game with his brother before reading this.

I guess this means those new 3-D TVs need to have a similar warning?

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

December 29th, 2010
11:17 am

JJ – Michael’s comment last night was who would want the system over 6???

Stacey — Good call out — I will try to watch that — I need to do a better job with coupons — New mom is our coupon champ!

Bobby

December 29th, 2010
12:35 pm

One thing I would like to point out about the upcoming Nintendo 3DS is that the 3D functionality is not required. There is a slider that determines the amount of 3D that is used on the top screen, since different people need different depths in order to accurately see the 3D. If the slider is all the way down, the 3D is completely turned off and it is a higher resolution Nintendo DS at that point.

Nintendo’s warnings are completely valid and I am also glad that they are making them. I think it would be a good idea for Nintendo to include parental controls in the device to automatically turn off the 3D rendering after a certain time, even if the slider is in the on position. But I’m not sure they’ll do that – they’ll just put up a bunch of warnings when the game and system turns on like they do on the Wii.

(I used a prototype of the Nintendo 3DS in June, which is where I’m getting my information.)

motherjanegoose

December 29th, 2010
2:34 pm

I spent the night with my sister last night and am late to the dance. She had her TV on today and the Doctor show was on. I have never watched it before. They were talking about video games and that there are some benefits.

The part I was intrigued about was when they said that the American College of Pediatrics ( or something like this) recommends NO MORE THAN 2 HOURS PER DAY OF SCREEN TIME FOR CHILDREN. This includes TV, video games, computers etc.

I am curious as to how many parents actually abide by this rule. I know my neighbor had a 1 hour rule and she has one in GA Tech and one who just got accepted for next year….kudos to her!

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December 30th, 2010
8:35 am

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catlady

January 1st, 2011
10:57 am

I agree with JJ. Little kids (and big kids) need to play in the REAL WORLD. You know, dirt, toy cars, marbles, swings, kickball, bikes, etc. I will say again: my worst-performing students over the last 15 years are the ones who spend the most screen time. Coincidence? I think not. These “conveniences” do a grave disservice to our kids. And they are like heroin–addictive as h3ll. Look no further than the adults who are hooked!