Don’t let your kids start playing too young.
Don’t be too amazed at the astonishing computer and gaming skills that your 5-year old possesses; sorry, but it is truly not that special! They are called “smart” devices not devices for smart kids. As parents we are so impressed with our children’s abilities at young ages and understandably so. They are impressive! Their little brains are working overtime and it is truly amazing. However, we should be more impressed with his ability to draw a picture or ride a bike, how about greeting an adult with eye to eye connection and a firm handshake; now THAT is impressive. Remember that the brain of a small child is a wonderful, amazing computer itself and we must be very careful how we program it in the early years. The age of 6 is a very dangerous age to start gaming. The next critical age is 12, especially for boysm when he is entering the awkward middle school years and he is searching for anything more comfortable and than bullies and girls. You may want to consider putting gaming off till well past 12 when he has has time to develop other hobbies first. He will be more balanced if he gets a head start on childhood before he gets a head start on the game.