The experts' advice


"The major guideline is not to use it as a babysitter. The reality is that if you leave your child alone with anything, the child will learn from that."

-- Dr. Sheri Parks

"Parents should wake up to the violence in the games. They should look at Nintendo advertisements and magazines that tell the content of the games, and then they should pick out those games that emphasize math, spelling and spatial relationships."

Brian Sullivan

"I think kids should have a choice between TV and Nintendo, and be limited to an hour or two a day, maximum. They shouldn't get to play with it until the chores and the homework are done. In fact, it can be used as a reward for those types of things. The

parent can say: 'Let me see your homework, and if you've done a decent job, you can play with your Nintendo.' "

-- Dr. James McGee

"My advice is not to buy it. If you do make the mistake of buying it, the best thing to do is remove it from the home. The second best is to limit the children's access to it."

-- John Rosemond

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