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Experts have long warned that young kids should have limited screen time -- but now a gaming manufacturer has added its voice to the issue. Recently, the Wall Street Journal reported that Nintendo issued a warning on its Japanese-language website saying kids age 6 and younger shouldn’t play 3D games on its soon-to-be-released Nintendo 3DS handheld gaming device. The reason? Extended viewing of 3D images could be bad for little ones’ developing eyesight. Ouch!
But is it true? One pediatric ophthalmologist quoted by the Journal said “there’s no reason to believe” that 3D images viewed without those special goofy glasses (which the Nintendo 3DS won’t require) would affect eyesight any differently than images viewed with glasses. Another expert said there could be “theoretical reason for concern about heavy 3D exposure,” but mainly for children under 3 years of age.
Nintendo isn’t the only one to issue such warnings, either, according to the Journal. Other electronics manufacturers have mentioned possible risks when viewing 3D images, too.
Whether the warning is warranted, to me it simply reinforces the fact that it’s a good idea for parents to limit their kids' exposure to video games (no matter how many dimensions), TV, computer time and the like. And really, does the 6-and-under set need to be playing 3D video games, anyway? At least now we have a great excuse when we say "no."
Will you let your kids play 3D video games? Chime in below!