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Silly Rabbit, Video Games Are (Now, Shockingly) For Toddlers

By Crystal Arcand on September 24th, 2009

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I saw some hand held video games in the store the other day. Nothing new about that. What was new about them were the characters: Thomas the Train and Wow Wow Wubbzy. Yeah, preschool characters. On hand held video games. For children as young as three. Kids three years of age are known as toddlers. These were video games for toddlers. You’ve got to be kidding me. I have a three-year-old daughter. Sure, she’s fascinated by my computer and wants in on the action when she sees her elder brother playing a game on the computer. But do I really want her to actually play the games? Um, hello? Are we seriously asking this question?

You actually expect a child that can barely fasten a button or a snap to exercise the proper hand-eye coordination to control a video game? And not just a joystick, but multiple buttons operated by both hands simultaneously? Surprisingly (to me, anyway), the majority of respondents in a recent MSNBC survey said they were comfortable letting their children as young as two play video games. Sorry. Call me the minority. I think it’s an expensive lesson in how to get your child frustrated. I’m not going to spend ten dollars (or more in some cases) on an electronic device that will do nothing more than frustrate my child and go through batteries like there’s no tomorrow. I’d rather spend my money on a set of cooking toys that I can play with with my child.

Dr. Stanley Greenspan, a child psychiatrist at George Washington University, recommends no more than 30 minutes per day of screen time for children ages two-and-a-half to four. It doesn’t matter if the screen is a television screen, a computer monitor, or a video game screen. A screen is a screen is a screen. And your toddler doesn’t need to be in front of it or holding it.

Team two for day — mandate relief — named by Cuomo

The Buffalo News (Buffalo, NY) January 7, 2011 | Tom Precious ALBANY — In his second “team” problem-solving panel for the day, Gov. Andrew Cuomo this afternoon named the members of a group to brainstorm ways to reduce the number of state-imposed mandates on local governments and school districts.

The mandates, at least those ones required by Albany but with no financial help to pay for them, are costly drivers of local property taxes. Like a Medicaid team announced earlier in the afternoon, the mandate-relief team includes various stakeholders who normally don’t see eye-to-eye on mandate relief — including local government officials and union leaders whose members might have a stake in some of the mandated services. go to site new york state department of education

The panel includes Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi. It must report back its findings by March 1. The team is headed by Larry Schwartz, a senior adviser to Cuomo who until Dec. 31 was the top aide to former Gov. David Paterson.

“The enormous burden of unfunded and underfunded mandates is breaking the backs of taxpayers, counties and municipalities across the state,” Cuomo said in a statement. “These mandates are throwing budgets out of balance and sending local property taxes through the roof. This diverse team of leaders and public servants fulfills the commitment to bring stakeholders to one table in order to work together to deliver relief and results for New Yorkers.” From a Cuomo administration news release, here’s the rest of the mandate relief team besides Teresi: go to website new york state department of education

? Stephen Acquario, executive director, NYS Association of Counties ? Maggie Brooks, Monroe County Executive ? Peter Baynes, executive director of the New York Conference of Mayors ? Jeff Haber, New York State Association of Towns, executive director ? David Steiner, New York State Department of Education, commissioner ? Valerie Grey, New York State Department of Education, chief operating officer ? Robert Reidy, New York State Council of School Superintendents, executive director ? Kevin Casey, New York State School Administrators Association, director ? Timothy Kremer, New York State School Boards Association, executive director ? Andy Pallotta, New York State United Teachers, executive vice- president ? Steve Allinger, New York State United Teachers, director of legislation ? Fran Turner, Civil Service Employees Association, director of the Legislative and Political Action Department ? Kevin Law, Long Island Association, president ? Kenneth Adams, New York State Business Council, president ? William Mooney, Westchester County Association, president ? Micah Lasher, office of New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg ? Ed Malloy, Upstate Building Trades Association ? Carol Kellerman, Citizens Budget Commission, president ? Sen. Betty Little, recommended by the Majority Leader of the Senate.

? Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, recommended by the Minority Leader of the Senate.

? Assemblyman Denny Farrell, recommended by the Speaker of the Assembly.

? Assemblyman Mark Molinaro, recommended by the Minority Leader of the Assembly.

Tom Precious

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    I’m totally on your side with regard to this issue. Video games will surely have their time on my 4-year old son but not too soon. There’s still a lot of conventional ways for him to develop and learn.

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